Scientists recently caught the world’s largest freshwater fish in southern Cambodia’s Mekong River. The giant Mekong catfish (Pangasianodon Gigas) is thought to be one of the largest freshwater fish species in the world. Unfortunately, it’s been seriously overfished in recent years, leading scientists to fear that it might go extinct soon if Cambodian authorities don’t give it better protection.
Dimensions of the Stingray
The female giant freshwater stingray (Urogymnus Polylepis) weighed 300 kilograms (661 pounds) and measured 2.2 meters wide by 4 meters long (7 foot 2 inches by 13 feet 1 inch) from snout to stinger. After she was caught and her weight was recorded, she was proven to be the largest freshwater fish on record, beating the previous record of a Mekong giant catfish captured in 2005 that weighed 293 kilograms (645 pounds). When local fishermen notified the Wonders of Mekong research project about the catch, scientists on the team got in touch with the officials and biologists on site, grabbed the ray, tagged and measured it, and then let it go back into the Mekong River.
A Small Tracking Tag
A small, tag-like attachment was placed on the end of the ray’s tail with a small surgical incision. This will emit a series of sound waves back to 36 retrievers along the Mekong and other nearby rivers, enabling them to track the ray’s movements and migration. Big fish are endangered because if they’re caught before they mature, they cannot reproduce. This puts the entire species in jeopardy of dying out. If you kill all sizable freshwater fish in a particular body of water, you could be causing massive extinction. Giant catfish, sturgeon, and carp have already been decimated throughout Asia and North America because of overfishing or habitat destruction. However, seeing how big this particular fish is, scientists are still hopeful about the Mekong River and its habitats.
People were shocked when Apple announced the new iPhone 12 wouldn’t come with a charging brick in the box, especially when they also told us that the cable won’t work with the old USB charging bricks! However, there are several ways you can charge the new iPhone 12…
Buy a charging brick
Probably the simplest way to charge your new iPhone is just to buy one of the charging bricks that’s compatible with the new cable. They’re only $19 from the Apple store, or you can opt for fancier versions from other brands that include multiple ports. You know, for charging lots of things at once.
Apple have bought back their MagSafe branding which was originally used for MacBooks, just in time for the iPhone 12 launch. The official wireless offering is around $39 from the Apple store and is built specifically to magnetize to the best charging points on the back of the phone. This should mean optimal wireless charging for Apple fans.
Other wireless chargers
If you don’t want to hand over any more of your hard-earned cash to Apple, then there are plenty of third-party wireless chargers on the market that should do the trick. Basic wireless charging mats are likely to be quite a bit cheaper than the MagSafe branded one, but they may just be a little slower to charge.
For those who like to get out and about, a portable charger is a must for the new iPhone 12. Companies like Anker and Aukey offer iPhone compatible USB-C models that won’t cost you a small fortune – and at least you’ll be able to take your phone out and about without worrying about it running out of juice.
It may be annoying that your old charger won’t work with your new iPhone, but at least there are plenty of options out there.