Gird your loins, New Jersey: the powerfully-jawed pacu fish, known to bite off the testicles of unsuspecting fishermen, has been caught in Passaic lake. A 77-year-old man reeled in a strange-looking fish with “human teeth,” so he brought it to a nearby pet supply store. Come to find out, the ugly critter is an invasive species called the pacu fish. Called the “nutcracker fish,” supposedly pacus have mistaken human testicles for tree nuts — their regular diet — and allegedly caused the death of two men who died from blood loss after their nuts got chomped. Originally, the pacu are native to Papua New Guinea and the Amazon River, but are kept as pets and sometimes dumped into bodies of water when the owners no longer want them. Fishermen caught a pacu in June at an Illinois lake and the fish also been found in Paris. More bad news for the testicles of New Jersey? Pacu fish live for 20 years. Time to invest in some iron-clad fishing waders, boys! [Huffington Post] [Raw Story] [Image via Raw Story]
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When biologists say the pacu fish eats nuts, they may be correct in more ways than one.
The pacu, a toothy fish that can weigh up to 55 pounds, has been spotted in Lake Lou Yaeger in Illinois, KSDK reports.
Responding to a report that a fisherman had reeled in a piranha on June 7, lake superintendent Jim Caldwell brought the fish to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, where it was identified as a pacu. Some reports say another pacu was seen a couple of weeks later.
Caldwell said he is still swimming in the lake nearly every day. Pacus primarily eat nuts, aquatic vegetation and snails, he told KDSK, and pose no real threat to humans.
Residents of Papua New Guinea may beg to differ. There, according to British fisherman Jeremy Wade, the pacu is known as the “ball cutter.” In 2011, Wade said locals informed him that two fisherman had died from blood loss after something in the water had bitten off their testicles, according to the Metro. Read more …