Cambodian catches world's largest recorded freshwater fish

The previous record for a freshwater fish was a 293-kilogram Mekong giant catfish

The world's largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia,

The stingray, captured on June 13, measured almost 4 meters (13 feet)

weighed slightly under 300 kilograms according to a statement Monday by Wonders of the Mekong, a joint Cambodian-U.S. research project.

The stingray was snagged by a local fisherman south of Stung Treng in northeastern Cambodia.

The fisherman alerted a nearby team of scientists from the Wonders of the Mekong project

which has publicized its conservation work in communities along the river.

The scientists arrived within hours of getting a post-midnight call with the news