A 100-kilogram Siamese giant carp that had been caught in a fisherman’s gill net was freed and released into the Tonle Sap lake by Fisheries Administration officials on Tuesday, The PhnomPenhPost reports.

The fish was caught by Yon Kunthea, a 36-year-old fisherman from Pursat province’s Krakor district.

“I was collecting the fishing net to retrieve the small fish, but I saw a huge tear in the fishing net,”he said.“When I lifted it, I saw a huge Siamese giant carp trapped in it. At that time, I was overwhelmed because it was huge, and I have never experienced that before,”he said, adding that he promptly called the authorities to inspect and free the huge carp.

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“The Siamese giant carp is a rare and endangered freshwater species. We are happy that the fisherman has a good understanding of the benefits of this rare species and is actively collaborating [with us] to preserve it,”Song Ly, a Fisheries Administration official in Pursat province, said.

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Believed to have been washed into the net by strong currents exacerbated by floods in the past few weeks, the fish was released into a deeper part of the lake, Ly said.

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