Capable of weighing over 1,300 pounds and growing eight feet across, an ice cooler chest just won't cut it with this giant stingray.
The giant freshwater stingray remains one the least known river giants in existence. But it's, without a doubt, the inland equivalent of the giant oceanic manta ray that I've recently highlighted. And with given their elusive behavior and dwindling population counts, they've managed to hook equally large sustainability issues.
In the video below, you can see first-hand how large these giants can become... and the difficulties holding one for data collecting.
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Giant freshwater stingrays occur in the river systems of Borneo, Indochina, Australia, New Guinea, and Thailand, where they co-habitat the river bottoms with their crustacean and other bottom-dwelling prey. Populations have been noted in the Mekong river system, potentially creeping up into Myanmar and Southern China.
But with the water quality of these rivers steadily declining, damming, and over-fishing their core prey items becoming all-too common, these behemoths of the river bottoms are experiencing drastic population declines.
Giant freshwater stingrays are listed by the IUCN Red List (2005) as a Vulnerable, "in the red" species. Let's try to lighten that hue.