If you’ve ever had occasion to see a giant ray gliding gracefully through the water, you understand what stunning creatures they are.
Prehistoric in appearance, stingrays and other rays possess an elegance of movement that is rare on land or sea.
Most stingrays are relatively small, but nature conservationist Jeff Corwin caught a massive 14-foot-by-8-foot beast recently in Thailand.
The stingray weighed as much as 800 pounds and was caught on rod and reel, according to Corwin, host of Ocean Mysteries.
The catch may set a new world’s record for the largest freshwater fish ever caught. The current record holder is a Mekong giant catfish, according to Guinness World Records.
“It was an incredible moment of adventure and science,” Corwin told USA TODAY Network. “Multiple people were on the rod and reel trying to pull this monster in,” he said, adding that it took two hours to secure the fish.
The stingray, which was pregnant, was released after capture.
Corwin was on location filming an upcoming episode of Ocean Mysteries along with Nantarika Chansue, an expert on stingrays who has been studying them in the region.
An embedded microchip in the stingray revealed that Chansue had caught the same animal six years prior, according to Corwin.
(Top: Image of giant stingray caught by Jeff Corwin March 6, 2015, in Thailand.)