Pacu Man

By DeusExMacintosh

Testicle biting fish found in Sweden

Experts have warned Swedish men to keep their swimming trunks on if taking a dip in a sound off the country’s southern coast, after a South American fish known for attacking testicles was discovered in the area.

The alert came after a fisherman in the Oresund Sound last week retrieved a 21 centimetre pacu – a relative of the piranha that is most commonly found in the Amazon region.

“Keep your swimwear on if you’re bathing in the Sound these days – maybe there are more out there!” cautioned the National History Museum in neighbouring Denmark.

The freshwater fish, which can grow up to 90 centimetres and weigh up to 25 kilogrammes, has been nicknamed the “ball cutter” for its attacks on the male genitalia. In areas where pacus proliferate, fishermen have reportedly bled to death after losing their testicles to the fish’s crushing jaws.

Found in most rivers in the Amazon and Orinoco basins in South America, they have also been spotted in Papua New Guinea, where it is believed they have been introduced to boost fish stocks.

Discoveries have also been reported in several US states; in 2006, officials at one Texas lake reportedly put a $100 bounty on the pacu caught there. But this is the first time a pacu has been caught at sea in Europe, the museum said.

The Telegraph

One Comment

  1. Dave Bath
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Never heard of these before … says that can get to almost a metre long and weigh 25kg …

    Maybe Scandinavian skinny dipping would be safe in the middle of winter when the usual male response to immersion in freezing cold water means there is no “easy meat”

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