On a beach in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, a tour guide is going about his business. Then he spots something strange washed up on the sand. Intrigued, the guide stops for a closer look – and a puzzled crowd eventually gathers around the find, too. But what is this bizarre creature, and how did it end up off the coast of Vietnam?
With its pristine beaches, tropical islands and impressive natural beauty, Kiên Giang province in southern Vietnam is a popular destination with locals and tourists alike. And among the region’s many attractions is the Gulf of Thailand – an expanse of sea that’s home to a colorful and diverse selection of marine life.
In fact, everything from rare Irrawaddy dolphins and dugongs to sharks, turtles and many different types of fish and coral can be spotted in the waters off Kiên Giang. And every so often, a new species emerges from this vibrant eco-system – such as the walking catfish, which was discovered on the Vietnamese island of Phú Quốc in 2011.