Out There: Naree-naree

An old scientific reference calls the Amazon's giant freshwater ray Naree-naree, and a world-record specimen helped solve a piscatorial mystery.

Updated: September 28, 2004, 1:31 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |
Special to ESPN Outdoors

It was January 2000 and my Brazilian fishing companion, Walter Delazari, and I were working big topwaters for peacock bass in Brazil's Rio Negro.

As we fished, I gazed into the coffee-colored water of the great river, watching for unusual creatures to swim by. That is how I came to see the Naree-naree, the strangest animal I ever laid eyes on.

It rose from the depths like a flying saucer in a stormy night sky.

At first, I did not recognize it as a fish at all. It was enormous, ...

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Naree-naree: The giant ray of Amazonia