Weird (And Endangered) Fish For Sale In Laos.
Above Photo: A Small Mekong River Stingray – unfortunately it was still alive.
Well used to seeing every kind of endangered animal for sale in markets around Laos, this was the first time I’d seen a Mekong Freshwater Stingray on the banana leaf-covered slab.
Still alive, and freshly caught from the nearby river, had it been left in the Mekong it could have grown to an enormous size.
They aren’t usually hunted, but they’re often accidentally caught in nets or by line fishing, and they’re on a UN Endangered Species list, so it was a shame this one hadn’t been thrown back to live for a few more years.
Fish ID Question.
And, while I’m at it, if anyone who knows their flounder from their sole has any idea what kind of fish this is, please let me know. It was also caught in the Mekong river.
For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War and Adventure Backpacking into the jungles of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
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