"Monster" Lake's Rare Giants Lure Anglers, Biologists

Dog-eating catfish and other rare species are drawing fishers to a sport lake outside Bangkok—and some conservationists couldn't be happier.

Part eight of a continuing series on the Megafishes Project.

Standing on the shores of Thailand's Lake Monster, angler Brendan O'Sullivan knew there were endangered giants lurking near his baited hook—and that conservationists were happy to have him score a rare catch.

The 7-acre (2.8-hectare) lake is one of several created in recent years near Bangkok for anglers who want to hook some of the world's most exotic fish.

Lake Monster alone boasts roughly two dozen types of freshwater fish, many of them threatened with extinction.

While this might seem like a conservationist's nightmare, some praise the operation as an example of a burgeoning partnership between anglers and biologists who hope that catch-and-release sportfishing could help save at-risk animals.

"This is allowing anglers to catch rare species without having to go into the

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