Strange fish with human-like teeth caught by terrified anglers

  • Fishermen from Russia were left stunned after a very strange fish bit the bait of their hook while fishing in a pond in their local city center park
  • Marine experts said the fish might have been initially kept as a pet and then dumped into the pond where it grew too large
  • City spokeswoman Varvara Trunova confirmed the fish has been confiscated as there are fears that it could have been part of the pair that begun to breed in the pond

TULA, Russia – Fishermen from Russia were left stunned after a very strange fish bit the bait of their hook while fishing in a pond in their local city center park.

Joe Barnes mentioned in his article for Express that the piranha-like fish with human teeth is feared in South America; wherein legend says to have so powerful teeth it can rip off a man’s testicles with a single bite.

Thankfully, the pacu fish are not like piranhas that strip the flesh off anything they sink their teeth into, but rather crack seeds and nuts dropping from trees into the water.

Pacu and piranha also do not have similar teeth, as piranhas have pointed, razor-sharp teeth in a pronounced underbite, while pacu has squarer, straighter teeth, which are uncannily similar to human teeth, and has a less severe underbite.

Additionally, the full-grown pacu is much larger than a piranha; reaching up to 0.9 meter (3.0 feet) and 25 kilograms (55 pounds) in the wild.

The pacu fish, which is also called “Nut Cracker”, caught in the city pond was around eight-inches (20cm) long and weighed around 240 grams. Marine experts said that the fish might have been initially kept as a pet and then dumped into the pond where it grew too large.

An article by Kelly-Ann Mills for Mirror Co UK said that city spokeswoman Varvara Trunova confirmed the fish has been confiscated as there are fears that it could have been part of the pair that begun to breed in the pond.

“The fish has been confiscated from the fisherman and sent for examination. According to the preliminary findings, the pacu fish is 20-centimeters long and weights 240 grams,” she said.

In Europe, the pacu was first discovered in Denmark in 2013 by Henrik Carl; a fish expert. Carl said he saw a fisherman in South America coming under attack from the fish and reportedly bleeding to death.

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