Men: Watch Your Nads

>> Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Let's say for a moment that you like doing open water swims. And that's not THAT strange - it's a fun thing to do. Well not any more....

This was in the Huffington Post over the weekend:

Pacu, Testicle-Eating Fish Species, Caught In Lake Lou Yaeger In Illinois

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.

"The locals told me that this thing was like a human in the water, biting at the testicles of fishermen," Wade said.

Wade determined that the perpetrator was the pacu, which is known for having human-like teeth. The angler did note that such attacks are uncommon, the Daily Mail reports.

Though pacus are native to the Amazon Basin, they were released into Papua New Guinea waters in the 1990s as part of an initiative to boost fisheries.

Biologists say any pacus in the Illinois lake are most likely former aquarium pets, according to the Journal-News. Anyone caught dumping the fish in the lake could face criminal charges.

A close-up of the pacu caught in Lake Lou Yaeger in Illinois.

I don't know about you, but the line "two fisherman had died from blood loss after something in the water had bitten off their testicles" makes me want to stay locked in my room.


Why, God?.... Why?


Carolina John 7:55 AM, July 10, 2012  

I'm not sure I would want to survive having my testicles bitten off by a fish.

Foges 9:26 AM, July 10, 2012  

the question is... how did the fish know where their balls were? maybe they were playing a little grab-ass in the water?

SteveQ 10:25 AM, July 10, 2012  

It's the South American fish that swims up your urethra that keeps me out of the water.

Andy Koch 10:58 AM, July 10, 2012  

Note to self: never do any type of swimming in that lake or in Papua New Guinea.

Luis Fernando Oliveira 7:53 PM, July 10, 2012  

Sorry to spoil the party for you, Steve, but this just did not happen. Pacu is a very common fish from the Parana basin in South America, mostly in Brasil but also Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. They've got right, pacu eats most anything that falls on the water, including nuts, crabs, smaller fish and insects. It's a pretty strong fish and is a lot of fun to reel in. Lots of people like the meat as well (not my thing).

I've been living around these fish all my life, and I've never, ever, heard of such a thing.

On the other hand, CandirĂº, the urethra penetrating fish, that's real.

Sarah 1:51 PM, July 11, 2012  

That thing is just CREEPY!


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