What animals live in the Mekong River?

Is it safe to swim in the Mekong River?

Despite concerns about competiting in the Mekong’s murky waters, organizers were keen to point out that while there is always a slight risk associated with swimming in rivers, the cloudy waters of the Mekong are a result of fine sediment floating in the water, rather than high levels of pollution.

How many species of fish are in Mekong?

‘There are at least 1200 and possibly as many as 1700 (species of fish) living in the Mekong Basin’ (Coates et al.

Fishes of the Mekong – how many species are there?

Freshwater only: 539 species
Brackish and marine: 115 species
Marine: 48 species

Is Pangasius a shark?

Pangasius, or Iridescent shark, is one of several species of shark catfish. These fish are not sharks, but rather catfish that bear some resemblance to sharks. … Iridescent shark is a popular fish for eating and lives in rivers and is farmed in the US and especially in Asia.

Are catfish related to sharks?

Certainly the sharks and catfishes have a lot of things in common. It is natural to think that they might be related. But they are not. The mighty sharks have a family tree that goes back 350 million years.

Why is the Mekong River called the mother of all rivers?

The Mekong River is called the “mother of waters” because it is such a tremendous resource for such a large number of people.

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Are Vietnam rivers polluted?

Among many river basins in Vietnam, Cau, Nhue-Day and Dong Nai basins belong to the most polluted group. The river water is polluted with organic compounds, oil, suspended solids, etc, since untreated wastewater is often discharged freely into the rivers from cities, towns, industrial zones and craft villages.