Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Colossal creature

"For the most part they are a gentle giant," says television host Jeff Corwin (UPPER RIGHT) of the giant stingray caught in Thailand’s Mae Klong River. With the help of a team including veterinarian Nantarika Chansue (LEFT) of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, he measured the record-breaking ray at 7.9' (2.4 m) across and 14' (4.3 m) long, with a weight estimated at up to 800 lbs (363 kg). In addition to its size, what does this specimen have in common with the 13-footer caught by aquatic ecologist Zeb Hogan in Cambodia? They were both released back into the wild.

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