The world’s largest scaleless freshwater fish lives a tenuous existence in the murky brown waters of Southeast Asia’s Mekong River. Capable of reaching an almost mythical 10 feet (3 metres) in length and 650 pounds (295 kilograms), Mekong giant catfish live mainly in the lower half of the Mekong River system, in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Average life span in the wild: More than 60 years
Size: Up to 10 ft (3 m)
Weight: Up to 650 lbs (295 kg)
Group name: School
Did you know? The largest freshwater fish ever recorded was a Mekong giant catfish caught in northern Thailand in 2005. It was nearly 9 ft long (2.7 m) and weighed 646 lbs (293 kg).
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