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Largest Freshwater Fish on Record - Big as a Grizzly!

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posted on Jun, 29 2005 @ 06:15 PM
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www.msnbc.msn.com...

Check out the picture from that link!

That is by far the biggest freakin' river cat I have ever laid eyes on. (course I've had some get away from me that felt that big)

Unfortunately, fish that large are quite rare, because of the dangers posed by boats, pollution, overfishing, and nets.

Just thought I'd share this non-fiction monster with the folks here at ATS. Maybe my fellow fishermen will appreciate it if nothing else.




posted on Jun, 29 2005 @ 06:24 PM
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the Irony of it all....

''This Mekong giant catfish was weighed at 646 pounds by researchers working on a project to identify, study and conserve large freshwater fish''

''By acting now, we can save animals like the Mekong giant catfish from extinction''

''Local environmentalists and government officials had negotiated to release the fish so it could continue its spawning migration in the far north of Thailand, near the borders of Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and China, but the adult male later died.''



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 06:00 AM
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There is enough diner for week



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 06:36 AM
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Originally posted by Irma
the Irony of it all....


even more ironic would be to 'Grill' the villagers,

that is, find out if any of them still has slabs of the catfish
wrapped in leaves and spices then buried under the house,
which is a long tradition of food preparation in the area.
(related to Egg burial for years at a time)

i think some attempt to recover its DNA would be of value



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 09:17 AM
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wow that is one big fish..."enough dinner for a week" lol



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 09:20 AM
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Originally posted by firestarter666
wow that is one big fish..."enough dinner for a week" lol


Fish that big are no good to eat, too old and tough.

Thanks for sharing. Its that thing, animals will only grow as big as they can in thier enviroment.

[edit on 30-6-2005 by SpittinCobra]



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 09:40 AM
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Love da fish , here's a fellow fisherman who appreciates it no doubt . but river fish are no match to sea fish , they're too slimey for my taste . thanx for sharing . this reminds of a time when local fishermen caught a basking shark near where i live . they hacked it to bits , and complained in a newspaper that they didn't have enough " equipment " to catch fish like this one . it turns out that basking sharks are NEARLY endangered , and they really shouldn't be celebrating that they killed one ... sigh



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 09:54 AM
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Wow. Thats a big fish. Almost as big as this one.
www.siamfishing.com...




[edit on 30-6-2005 by Voidmaster]



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 10:25 AM
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No, not almost as big, BIGGER.


From the first paragraph in the article.



Thai fishermen netted a catfish as big as a grizzly bear, setting a world record for the largest freshwater fish ever found, according to researchers who studied the 646-pound Mekong giant catfish as part of a project to protect large freshwater fish.


Anyone ever see the movie Big Fish?



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 11:00 AM
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how could you make you goldfish or catfish huge any ideas?



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 11:44 AM
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Thats a great article. Nice find.

Things like that make me think twice about feeling complacent swimming in fresh water. I swim in the ocean regularly and am always bugging out about sharks.



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 12:05 PM
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OUCH!!!!!

Catfish have nasty little spines that can do some damage to your hands. I bet that sucker has a spine that will go right through your freakin' head.

Peace



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 01:43 PM
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Holy catfish Batman!






posted on Jul, 1 2005 @ 01:37 AM
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Reading an associated story. Environmentalists had recently released 4 giant cats into the river in an attempt to bolster the odds of survival in the fishes favor



posted on Jul, 1 2005 @ 10:08 AM
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does anyone else find it Ironic that and I quote "This Mekong giant catfish was weighed at 646 pounds by researchers working on a project to identify, study and conserve large freshwater fish around the world."?

sorry haven't had time to read the thread if they have



posted on Jul, 1 2005 @ 10:34 AM
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Originally posted by Gazrok
Holy catfish Batman!





we should start a religion based on this fish

all bow to the giant chinese fish of God~!!!



posted on Jul, 1 2005 @ 10:39 AM
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Originally posted by eazy_mas
how could you make you goldfish or catfish huge any ideas?


Give them a BIG place to live, and feed them alot. I fish will never out grow its surroundings.

Goldfish are just Carp, carp get REALLY big.

[edit on 1-7-2005 by SpittinCobra]



posted on Jul, 2 2005 @ 08:42 AM
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Aww, shucks, 'tain't nothin'. I caught me one that was thiiiiiiiiiiiiis big back in the day. Bugger musta weighed 'bout a ton. Course, I've caught bigger, but never weighed 'em - the damn boat sank a minute later.



That's one awesome catch. Those guys have the worlds best fish story ever.

"So I was reeling her in, and she was all over 50 pounds but she got away."
"Yeah? I caught a 646-pounder."



posted on Jul, 2 2005 @ 08:56 AM
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Originally posted by SpittinCobra
Fish that big are no good to eat, too old and tough.



Not to mention the crap metals and other poisons they'll be carrying in their belly meat


I love catfish, but I won't even touch the belly meat of a 5lber. Wouldn't go near that 650lber for food.

I read the story on msnbc the other day and was blown away by the size of it! It's massive! A noodlers dream



posted on Jul, 2 2005 @ 08:58 AM
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Originally posted by parrhesia

Originally posted by SpittinCobra
Fish that big are no good to eat, too old and tough.



Not to mention the crap metals and other poisons they'll be carrying in their belly meat


I love catfish, but I won't even touch the belly meat of a 5lber. Wouldn't go near that 650lber for food.

I read the story on msnbc the other day and was blown away by the size of it! It's massive! A noodlers dream


Right, no telling what this monster has eaten.







 
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