Here are some facts about the Mekong River:
- It is the 12th-longest river in the world
- It is the 7th longest in Asia
- Its estimated length is 4,350 km (2,703 mi) [to be fair I did say I was swimming across it not up it]
- The extreme seasonal variations in flow and the presence of rapids and waterfalls have made navigation extremely difficult.
- More than 1,200 species of fish have been identified and there could be possibly as many as 1,700. The fish there are BIG... in fact...
- No other river is home to so many species of very large fish - The giant Mekong Catfish is one of them (below). And if that's not enough...
- A rare type of crocodile lives in it
Please also remember that I am extremely petrified of "creatures I cannot see in the water".
Another incentive would be for me to raise money for Cambodian Children's Projects. So if you would like to SPONSOR me (please!!!!) to swim like a dolphin rather than a beached whale please drop me an email or leave a comment below.
See they are REALLY BIG