The MeKong Giant Catfish

8.5 Foot long Mekong Giant Catfish
Quick Description -Looks Much like an average catfish but 2-8 times the size. They have been reported to be up to 10 ft long. Only a couple hundred left based on estimates. Scientific Information These majestic creatures are found only in a few eastern Asian countries. (Most in China). A few have been reported in Serbia, and eastern Russia. In infancy they feed on zoo plankton then after a year move on to feed on algae. Many are found in the Mekong River. Fishing the Mekong Giant Catfish has become illegal. Grows a 150 kg in the first six years of life. They are grey and white but have no teeth.
A Mekong Giant Catfish interacting with a human
Catfish interacting with human in the Mekong River. Quick Facts

Biggest Mekong Giant Catfish ever recorded was 10.5 feet and 660 lbs.
  • They are critically endangered and only a few hundreds left.
  • Have been chosen as the international sign of life preservation in the Mekong River.
  • Catfish are a very important species in the world. One out of every four freshwater fish in the world is a catfish.
Currently holds the Guinness Book of World Record’s position for the worlds largest freshwater fish.
  • Average lifespan is more than 60 years old.

The Mekong River (home to 93 percent of Mekong Giant Catfish

Works Cited
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