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Chinese Fisherman Reel In 'Record' 3,300-pound 'Stingray'
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HAINAN SANYA, China -- Early in the morning around 2:00am a fishing boat near Hainan Sanya in China caught what is likely to be one of the largest stingrays ever caught.

Casting nets, the fishermen caught a 3,300 lbs Stingray, which took about 3 hours to pull back into the boat. The net was strong enough to hold the huge fish, but the struggle cause the stingray to die.

The stingray measured about 16 1/2 foot in width.

The fishermen tied the stingray to the back of the boat and dragged it back to their dock. It remained in perfect condition even though it was dead for many hours.

The fisherman was able to sell the stingray for around $1,500 since they have a high commercial value.

Stingray’s liver can be made into fish oil, the bones and intestines are used in medical fish powder, and the meat is a delicacy in most restaurants.


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Stingrays have no bones as erroneousy reported here: Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Chondrichthyes (cartilagenous fishes) Subclass: Elasmobranchii Superorders: Batoidea (rays and skates)
   comment# 1   - bob · usa · Aug 11, 2008 @ 4:42pm

This is a manta, surely - look at the white markings on the back, and also the "scoops" at the side of the mouth, the shape of the mouth etc.
   comment# 2   - jeff · England · Aug 12, 2008 @ 2:05am

Its a manta ray. Sad.
   comment# 3   - bob the builder · canada · Aug 12, 2008 @ 5:00am

almost looks like a manta ray..
   comment# 4   - sev · hollywood, FL USA · Aug 12, 2008 @ 6:08am

this is a manta ray, protected in much of the civilized world. These fisherman would go directly to jail in the USA. Very sad. I hope they enjoy the consumption of all ocean creatures now, as their/our children will not even see them alive.
   comment# 5   - Fla diver · miami florida · Aug 12, 2008 @ 8:20am

Also, if that's the "stingray" in question, there's no way it's anywhere close to 3000 pounds. Another tall fish tale...
   comment# 6   - tinisoli · Boston, MA · Aug 12, 2008 @ 8:38am

That is a manta ray, it can grow much bigger than that! They also eat whale sharks which are protected species, this is truly a disturbing sight...
   comment# 7   - adushan pillay · south africa · Aug 12, 2008 @ 9:39am

This is obviously and most definitely a MANTA RAY - NOT a stingray. Get your facts straight BEFORE you type up an article, you maroon. And that one person is actually RIDING on the poor creature, as if they're actually gloating about the kill. This is a crime against Mother Nature, and there's a whole different kind of bad karma headed for the people who commit them - and deservedly so.
   comment# 8   - Gypsy · Tacoma, WA - USA · Aug 12, 2008 @ 10:19am
- Editor: I think you meant "moron" but don't let me put words in your mouth

What is wrong with these people,over there??? Dont they get it,stop slaughtering whats left of our exotic sea creatures...and the sharks...They should be fined and put in jail...sooooo sad!All thats gonna be left in our oceans are jelly fish, way to go...start eating those and leave the rest of the mammals and fishes alone...
   comment# 9   - Fl.Mermaid · beavercreek,ohio · Aug 12, 2008 @ 6:16pm

The person sitting on the Ray, probably never sat in front of a computer screen, owned a car, or makes issue over American meat eaters. The small portion of his take of this animal will hopefully match his yearly income and feed his family. Fact is, your computer cost more than his annual income. Speaking of sharks, how many have Americans killed with the Shark Rodeos so popular in the past? Our netting of turtles...sure the TED's are supposed to work...but come on, how many shrimp would you be eating if a TED dumped your catch for a turtle that made it all the way to the back of a net to trip the release? With much delight, the animal will feed humans vs. our using sea creatures as dog food, fertilizer, or curiousities captive in an aquarium. Would you feed it to your family if they were hungary? Not that you would know anything about that....
   comment# 10   - Think About It!! · Lived around the World · Aug 13, 2008 @ 7:13am

Yes its sad. Do they have hungry children at home, probably. Will this feed them for a long time, yes. If you caught a fish that was worth half of your anual income and there were no laws against killing it, would you?... Your damn right you would. Education and eco-tourism are the solutions here. I dont hold it against the fisherman at all.
   comment# 11   - big fish · Arcata, California USA · Aug 13, 2008 @ 3:30pm

What a sad event. These clueless people slaughtering whatever they can get their hands on. That isn't even an edible animal. It is ALL cartilage, which cooks up tasteless and has the consistency of partially cooked egg whites! The flavor is in the broth and seasonings. It is disturbing enough to know they have slaughtered and depleted their populations of reef sharks and rays, now going out farther for the pelagic animals. Boy, the US better closely watch their coastlines! What's next? We all know it's about the big bucks here. We are not stupid! That ray is worth probably a cool million. Since they are running out of sharks to take, the rays are next. It's a damn shame they are being allowed, but most likely paid by their own government!
   comment# 12   - Kimo · Hawaii, USA · Aug 19, 2008 @ 1:20pm

first off, who ever wrote this aritcle is an less than intelligent person, because thats not a stingray its a mana ray. and second it didn't die on accident they killed it, and its not even good to eat.
   comment# 13   - justin · vidor, tx · Aug 29, 2008 @ 7:13pm

i totally agree that it is not 3000 lbs nor is it even remotely close to 16.5 feet wide. going by the size of the murderer posing on the animal it would be flat out making 12 feet. such an article of animal cruelty should be removed from your webside in the interest of the wider opinion.
   comment# 14   - Gary · Brisbane Australia · Sep 13, 2008 @ 8:07pm
- Editor: Hide the truth in the interest of wider opinion?

i dont care what kinda of ray that is its ugly and scary...ewwww
   comment# 15   - lanena · united states · Oct 17, 2008 @ 5:40pm

   comment# 16   - ABYSS FISHER · MARBELLA SPAIN · Oct 31, 2008 @ 5:42pm

There is nothing wrong with killing manta rays, especially if your country's economy is going down the drain and you make very little money. It's just another source of income. Human life is much more important than animal life. Animals do not have souls, and will not live forever.
   comment# 17   - Sniveler · Anonymous, anonymous · Jan 6, 2009 @ 10:24am

Sniveler...hopefully you will read this, the chinese people (not "their" wildlife) are the reason their economy is going down the drain....having it their way they will kill everything, and why, because they are an over populated country. Human life is second to animal life (animal life evolved on this earth first and will be here after we have made it uninhabitable by man) and if animals don't have a "soul" neither do humans....and just to let you will NOT live forever. You will die and be buried (taking up valuable land) or cremated (probably not) and that will be the end of you....there is no life after death or palace in the sky or a bunch of virgins waiting for you.
   comment# 18   - thinkpeople! · united states · Feb 25, 2009 @ 2:17pm

I do feel even as a fisherman myself that the oceans are over fished. My father and I at one time would fish not for sport but to eat.Being of Native American blood, my Father taught me that nature and man should have a balance but w/ over population and technology we should be made at ourselves.We caused this.As sad as it is to admit our downfall is our belief of self worth so we continue to find purpose to save everyone and everything.The reason this creature died was because there is a large enough population to support a market for this.So before you judge think about the wood in your home that thru deforestation destroyed an animals home , the medicines used from animals themselves or buildings that stood were animals homes once were judge yourself first
   comment# 19   - realistic one · pollocksville north carolina · Feb 25, 2009 @ 5:07pm

I just got back from the Caribbean, swimming with the stingrays. While I was feeding them, one blindsided me and latched onto my right arm. Even after a week, I still have a bruise that nearly goes all the way around my arm and scabs on top. I'd hate for one that big to get a hold of me... LOL. I don't blame the stingray. It was just doing what came natural for it. I'd go again in a heartbeat.
   comment# 20   - Sunshine · Shelbyville, USA · Feb 26, 2009 @ 8:47pm

this is why i dislike chinese. they feel the need to kill everything
   comment# 21   - aiden · london · Jul 13, 2010 @ 4:48am

i hope the MANTA RAY's family comes to china walks on land kills the fishermen and drags them around the ocean for the heartless act they did to that beautiful animal. btw i hope they come to get u 2 sniveler.
   comment# 22   - AA · British Columbia · Aug 1, 2010 @ 5:51pm
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