Thailand’s Lake Monster

The 7-acre (2.8-hectare) lake is one of several created in recent years near Bangkok for anglers who want to hook some of the world’s most exotic fish.
Lake Monster alone boasts roughly two dozen types of freshwater fish, many of them threatened with extinction.
This is allowing anglers to catch rare species without having to go into the wild and try to remove a very rare fish from its natural habitat.
People want to come and fish for these big fish, especially because many of these exotic species are new for Asia,” Parnitpechedpong said.
Lake Monster is now a haven for the Mekong giant catfish, a Southeast Asian beast that has seen its wild population drop by about 95 percent over the past century.
At 9 feet long and 646 pounds a Mekong giant catfish currently holds the record for the largest freshwater fish ever caught .Lake Monster also hosts alligator gar, which can grow as long as 10 feet and weigh 300 pounds .
These North American giants are not listed as endangered, but habitat loss and overfishing have taken a toll on the species’ preferred spawning habitats, contributing to significant population declines.

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