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.
Can a catfish eat a human?
In October 2008 another large catfish was caught in the Great Kali river, between India and Nepal, and it was claimed to have started eating swimmers. This monster was called a Goonch and it was about 1.8m/6ft. … Conclusive proof that giant catfish have eaten humans has yet to be found!