Fish with human-like teeth caught in Russia

July 1, 2016 4:30 am

The pacu fish is known for its weird human-like teeth.

A bizarre fish with “human teeth” has been plucked from a large pond in the historic city of Tula in western .
The
terrified anglers handed in their unsettling catch to authorities, who
identified it as a pacu, an omnivorous freshwater fish native to South
America and a cousin of the more carnivorous piranha.
“The fish has been confiscated from the fisherman and sent for examination,” city spokeswoman Varvara Trunova told local media.
Ms
Trunova said the fish was 20cm long and weighed 240g and may have been
an exotic pet abandoned in the lake after it grew too large.
The
pacu fish is notorious for its teeth, which look uncannily human. It’s
not normally found outside its native South America, where fishermen are
familiar with their creepy looks.
The pacu is feared by
fishermen in its native South America for its powerful jaws, which can
“rip off a man’s testicles with a single bite”, earning it the nickname
“The Nut Cracker”.

However, fish may have an unfairly bad rap.
According
to Wikipedia, the testicle-biting claim is erroneous and originated in
Denmark, where a fisherman caught a pacu in 2013.
The catch led
to media reports mistakenly warning that the fish could attack male
testicles but the reports were based on a joke.
The pacu is a
popular pet when young but tend to get dumped in public waterways when
they grow too big. The species has also turned up in rivers and ponds
across the US, and even Papua New Guinea after being dumped by
thoughtless owners.
The fish are popular in pet stores as juveniles, but can reach up to 30cm in length, outgrowing most home fish tanks.
Fishermen are encouraged not to release pacus back into the water because they are considered invasive.

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