What Does It Eat?

June 30, 2005

It may be the largest freshwater fish ever recorded. It’s a catfish “the size of a grizzly bear” pulled out of the Mekong River in Thailand. It’s an unusual fish, certainly, but apparently not as unusual as I’d have thought. Reports of ten-foot catfish come out of Bulgaria, I guess, and there’s even another type of giant Mekong catfish called “the dog-eating catfish.”

Unlike the capturers of oddly gigantic animals here in the States who either just bury the suckers (remember hogzilla?) or put ’em on display for pay (I’m sure Bill Cody must’ve done it), the folks in Thailand do the sensible thing when a giant catfish dies. They eat him.



  1. A lot of the things that people used to dig up or find you just wouldn’t want to eat, like the Feejee Mermaid. Wholly unappetizing.

  2. I’ve actually eaten one of them. Tastes like alligator.

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