The underwater colossus was caught in the Mekong River, lost in the jungle. The fishermen did not immediately manage to pull it to the surface – this saved the fish.
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Experts from the Wildlife Fund quickly arrived at the scene. They bought catfish from fishermen and transported them to one of the aquariums in Bangkok.
Catfish are a diverse group of ray-finned fish. Named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat’s whiskers.
Catfish are of considerable commercial importance; many of the larger species are farmed or fished for food. Many of the smaller species are important in the aquarium hobby.