Mar 02 2009

Giant Stingray and Fish With Transparent Head

Published by at 10:19 pm under Oceans,Photos,Sealife,Videos

No, not surf news. But two cool stories from National Geographic last week. A man caught the largest freshwater fish in the world, a freshwater stingray in the Mekong River in Thailand. The stingray weighed between 550 and 990 lbs (250 to 450 kilograms). The stingray’s body measured 6.6 feet (2 meters) wide by 6.9 feet (2.1) meters long. The tail was missing. If it had been there, the ray’s total length would have been between 14.8 and 16.4 feet (4.5 and 5 meters).

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The Largest Freshwater Fish

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) photographed for the first time a surreal fish with a transparent head. With a head like a fighter-plane cockpit, a Pacific barreleye fish shows off its highly sensitive, barrel-like eyes–topped by green, orblike lenses–in a picture released today but taken in 2004. The fish is the first specimen of its kind to be found with its soft transparent dome intact. The 6-inch (15-centimeter) barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) had been known since 1939–but only from mangled specimens dragged to the surface by nets.

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The Barreleye Fish Photographed Off the Coast of California

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19 responses so far

  • Erica

    I want it as a pet!

  • Rknott


  • CichlidExplorer

    The stingray is just amazing. WOW. Having the small fresh water stingrays in the aquarium myself i know what they are like. Very very gentle creature.

  • miau

    beautiful fish… how to put in an aquarium?? XD

  • fajas colombianas

    That giant stingray is just crazy.

  • TijaMorris

    i love the fish its so,sososososososos enteresting to see and if u had ur own aquariam and u put it in there u can make a fortune but its not about the money only to the GOV. hes the one dat needs it because if he doesnt get it owell lol;) when the peoplr find it the GOV. is dumb enough to give the people alot of molney because we wont have any

  • Ryan Williamson


  • Sfdasdfa

    so its between 500 and 1000 pounds? lol hmmmm 999 is a lot different than 501 LOL

  • Tommy1369

    wow fuckin crazy fish who knows what else is down there

  • Dan

    Hey Sfdasdfa, you want to try to weigh a 7 foot stingray?

  • Jacobrepc

    Your an illiterate retard.

  • Andrew

    It’s actually “You’re.”

  • julie

    sosososososososososo cool

  • Gil Valdez

    This is amazing what more could be out there that is unknown

  • RamenNoodles

    Damn that thing could kill 10 steve irwins

  • Sirikit kanchana

    it looks cute n naughty.i like national georhapic

  • giorgi

    How are you?

  • Heerd

    stop cursin pussy

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