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    Thai Fishermen Catch 646-Pound Fish

    Poor bastid. Check out the pic on the link, that is one huge fish. I wish the blurb had indicated an estimate of age. The declining numbers of its kind is another bummer indicator of our times to me; nice that the men considered selling it to those who would have released it, even if money was still their primary interest.

    Updated: 12:18 PM EDT
    Thai Fishermen Catch 646-Pound Fish

    BANGKOK, Thailand (June 30) - Thai fishermen caught a 646-pound catfish believed to have been the world's largest freshwater fish ever recorded, a researcher said Thursday.

    The 8.9 feet Mekong giant catfish was netted May 1 by villagers in Chiang Khong, a remote district in northern Thailand, and weighed by Thai fisheries department officials, said Zeb Hogan, who leads an international project to locate and study the world's largest freshwater fish species.

    He confirmed it was the heaviest recorded fish since Thailand started keeping records in 1981.

    "This is the largest individual fish of the species that's listed as the biggest in the Guinness Book of World Records," he told The Associated Press by telephone.

    The fishermen had hoped to sell the fish to environmental groups, which planned to release it to spawn upriver, but it died before it could be handed over, and was later chopped up and sold in pieces to villagers to be eaten.

    Hogan, whose work is funded by the World Wildlife Fund and the National Geographic Society, said he is planning to write a paper about the catch to be published in a scientific journal. "That's the best way to document this kind of thing," he said.

    The Mekong giant catfish - which shares the title of largest freshwater fish with a close relative, the dog-eating catfish - was listed as endangered in 2003 after research showed its numbers had fallen by at least 80 percent over the past 13 years.

    Fishermen believe the catfish species has been declining largely because of dams and environmental damage along the Mekong River - home to more species of giant fish than any other river, an earlier statement by WWF and National Geographic Society said.

    06/30/05 07:56 EDT


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    That's all folks! Unklescott's Avatar
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    Holy mackerel!! How big would the hushpuppies have to be to go with that monster?

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    That pic almost makes it look fake. Man, you could eat for a year

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    Thats HUGE!!! I would be scared to touch it, it seems like it's just gonna jump on me and eat me up

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    Well, I suppose this finally makes sense of all the "giant catfish" that pop up in RPGs, anime and whatnot.

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    When I saw first saw the poundage (sans image), I envisioned something that could swallow someone whole. Instead, this fish looks like something one might ride into battle in one of the RPGs Manny mentions.

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