Fish with human teeth found in New Jersey

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Fish with Human Teeth Found in New Jersey
Fish with Human Teeth Found in New Jersey



A fisherman in New Jersey has caught a monstous live exotic fish with human-like teeth.

Ron Rossi caught a pacu, a freshwater fish, typically found in South America's Amazon River, in New Jersey's Swedes Lake on Sunday.

The pacu, which has gained a reputation as a testicle-eating fish, are in the same family as the piranha but mostly eat plants and smaller fish.

In a statement, the Department of Environmental Protection said: "Many times, these fish are deposited into lakes by pet owners. These fish do not survive in colder water, so we encourage people not to release it into the wild but to humanely destroy the fish."

National Geographic reports that it is a myth that fish target humans.

Peter Rask Møller, a fish expert at the University of Copenhagen, said: "Its teeth and powerful bite can for sure be dangerous, but to [have it bite you] is highly unlikely."

Meanwhile, Jeremy Wade, who once featured the fish on an episode of Animal Planet's show River Monsters, told the Daily Mail: "I had heard of a couple of fishermen in Papua, New Guinea, who had been castrated by something in the water.

"The bleeding was so severe that they died. The locals told me that this thing was like a human in the water, biting at the testicles of fishermen. They didn't know what it was."



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