The Straits Times
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Published on Sep 22, 2012
 
PICTURES

Pirarucu: Monster of the Amazon

 
 

The pirarucu, also known as the arapaima, is South America’s largest freshwater fish. It is considered a living fossil, found in the region of the Jurua River, one of the most inhospitable, winding and virgin rivers in the Amazon Basin.

Here's a photo gallery, showcasing the ease with which villagers of the Medio Jurua nature hunt this mammoth creature.