British Biologist Snags 771lb Stingray

By Meera Dolasia on February 26, 2009

It was a dream come true for biologist and fishing enthusiast, Ian Welch, when he reeled in a 771lbs stingray, while fishing in the Maeklong River in Thailand.

Ian, who was assisting a stingray-tagging project when it happened, said that when his rod first hooked the giant fish, he was dragged around the boat and would have fallen in the river, if one of his colleagues had not caught him by his legs.

In an attempt to protect itself, the stingray dug itself into the bottom of the ocean, and it took Ian 30 minutes of extraordinary effort to pull it away. As the majestic creature floated up, Ian and his colleagues stood awestruck for a few minutes.

They towed it to the shore, where it took another 60 minutes and 13 men, to haul her into a paddling pool. The 7ft long and wide stingray, with a tail that measured 10ft is believed to be the largest freshwater fish to be ever caught with a rod, breaking a 2005 record held by a catfish that weighed 646lbs.

In case you are wondering, the fishermen let the endangered stingray go as soon as they tagged it and took some great pictures. It turns out this is not the first time Mr. Welch has caught giant stingrays - he reeled in a 300lb one in November 2008. However, this was definitely the biggest one and he was so exhausted after the whole event, that he did nothing else for the rest of the day, but bask in the glory of his success!

Giant freshwater stingrays, which can live up to 25 years, are so strong that they can drill through boats using just their spines. They are currently on the vulnerable species list, and whilst exact numbers are not known, scientists believe that they have dwindled to such low levels, that there is a danger they soon become extinct.


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  • AdamTuesday, May 26, 2009 at 4:25 am
    Thats a big ray!!!
    • crisSaturday, March 14, 2009 at 4:35 am
      that is huge
      • JanelleFriday, March 13, 2009 at 6:07 am
        HUGE!!!!! wow that is bigger than my sister's face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Also,BIGGER THAN MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • RKThursday, March 12, 2009 at 11:58 pm
          AWESOME! That is a cool stingray! I can't belive it was 771 lb.!
          • smily 123Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 11:17 pm
            this video is toyally funny i cant beleave that they could find a stingray that big !!!!!!!!!!OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I LUV THIS VIDEO!!
            • Shority 23Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 11:15 pm
              Dude that is like bigger than my bathroom!!!!! It is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • zwThursday, March 12, 2009 at 11:14 pm
                awesome i wanna see it for real
                • T.RThursday, March 12, 2009 at 11:06 pm
                  i wish that i found a stingray that big i hope you guys take care of it soo it can stay alive!
                  • JulianaFriday, March 6, 2009 at 7:40 am
                    • michaelThursday, March 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm
             how can snag a sting ray THAT MANY POUNDS


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