Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | 12:35 p.m.
A University of Nevada, Reno researcher is setting the record straight on a giant stingray caught in Thailand in late January.
News reports touted the stingray as a 771-pound behemoth, the largest freshwater rod-caught fish. But UNR conservation biologist Zeb Hogan, whose team of researchers and anglers was present when the stingray was trapped, says the animal was never weighed, according to a press release the university issued today.
Hogan, lead researcher for the "Megafishes Project," a joint venture with the National Geographic Society to study and protect the world's largest freshwater fish, estimates the stingray's weight at between 550-770 pounds.
“In terms of disk width, this is the second-largest stingray I’ve seen, the largest was in Cambodia in 2003,” Hogan said, according to the press release. “This recent fish was very thick, so it may have weighed more.”