Zeb Hogan,a biologist from the University of Reno has launched the Mega Fish project in conjunction with the National Geographic Society, in a last ditch attempt to save “the real-life Loch Ness monsters and Bigfoots of the aquatic world.”
Various giant freshwater fish species are perilously close to extinction. Far more than smaller species, they have been decimated by fishing, pollution and dams.
“From the point of view of the fish, there’s nothing worse than a dam.”
“Dams block upstream migration, destroy spawning habitat, and can turn large stretches of river into ecological wastelands.”
Many of these species are simply massive. The Chinese Paddlesfish, which lives in the Yangtze River weighs half a tonne and can grow to a length of seven and a half metres, whilst the Giant Freshwater Stingray has a diameter of up to three metres.