8-Foot Giant Catfish Caught in Cambodia

Mekong Giant Catfish Photos (Pictures)
<< Previous   2 of 4   Next >>
Biologist Zeb Hogan holds the tail of a Mekong giant catfish captured and released on November 13, 2007, in the Tonle Sap River in Cambodia.

At the time of the catch, Hogan was monitoring the start of the monthlong bag net fishery, which uses large baglike nets tethered to shore. Some three dozen species are harvestedthe occasional giant catfish is generally caught by accident.

One other fishery for the Mekong giant catfish exists in the Golden Triangle region of northern Thailand. (Read about a grizzly bear-size catfish caught in Thailand.)

The giant catfish were once plentiful throughout Southeast Asia's Mekong River system, but the species has declined dramatically in recent years.

 More Photos in the News
 Today's Top 15 Most Popular Stories
 Free Email Newsletter: "Focus on Photography"
—Photograph courtesy Zeb Hogan/University of Nevada-Reno/National Geographic Emerging Explorer
 
NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS




 

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.