Thursday, July 14, 2005

Of Note: Grizzly Bear-Sized Catfish Caught in Thailand

That's just unbelievable. Those guys just caught a catfish the size of a grizzly bear. It's actually a sad story: The giant catfish is critically endangered -- they caught this female and tried to strip her of her eggs with hopes of breeding her offspring in captivity to increase their numbers. But the fish died, so they ate it. According to National Geographic, "Mekong people believe it's a sacred fish, because it persists on plant matter and 'meditates," and "eating the fish is supposed to bring good luck ... the Chinese believe that catfish meat boosts intelligence and prolongs life."

That particular catfish was the biggest freshwater fish on record. Check out the photo gallery, it's very impressive.



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