Scientists have rescued a giant freshwater stalk that is in danger of extinction CBC News:

A team of marine biologists welcomed the discovery of an endangered freshwater giant during a trek to the Mekong River in Cambodia, saying they had warned that the area’s biodiversity was endangered.

In an 80-meter-deep pool in Mekong, Stong Trang, Cambodia, northeastern Cambodia, fishermen accidentally caught the breed, and visiting scientists helped bring the animal back to life.

Zeb Hogan, a fish biologist at the University of Nyada, says it is possible to find a 180-kilogram stallion that crosses four meters.

“This hunt was significant because it confirms the existence of these large fish in the river,” said Hogan, who led the USAID-funded Mekong Wonders expedition that ended last week.

“This is a very remote part of the river, it is not well studied, it is incredibly important for fish farming and biodiversity, as it is a part of the river that is endangered,” he said.

The team used drone-equipped submarines with lights and cameras as part of its efforts to explore the area’s deep pools.

This section of the river could be subject to “devastating environmental damage” if the proposed hydropower dams operate in the area, the expedition said in a statement. Other threats include illegal fishing and plastic waste.

Hogan, who has been studying the Mekong biodiversity for more than two decades, says the declining freshwater population of some fish in the river is very worrying.

“Historically, this section of the river has produced 200 billion fish, which then disperse throughout Cambodia during the flood season, even in Vietnam,” Hogan said.


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