Cambodia’s Mekong river believed to be a healthy habitat for endangered giant freshwater stingray

Cambodia’s Mekong River from Stung Treng to Kratie and Prey Veng is believed to be the healthiest habitat of the endangered giant freshwater stingray.

The notice was shared recently with AKP by Dr Zeb Hogan, an American biologist and a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) fellow who is leading a new National Geographic Society project.

The giant freshwater stingray’s populations are decreasing rapidly throughout the Mekong River, but the Cambodian Mekong River is a healthiest home for this species especially in the area around Kratie province and Kampi, he said.

He explained that the giant freshwater stingray can grow to 600 kilogrammes and reach 5 metres in length; and the spine, also called a barb, at the base of the stingray’s tail is very sharp and coated with a venomous film.

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