Gentlemen, you may want to brace yourselves: The Pacu, a testicle-eating fish that hails from South America, has found its way to the U.S. of A. So great white sharks in Cape Cod aren't the only creatures swimmers need to fear this summer. The fish with teeth, originally mistaken for a piranha, was found recently in Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield, Illinois. Two of them, in fact, were found just this summer. Fishermen hoping to make a big catch this year are probably not banking on their balls becoming bait.
Jeremy Wade, host of the show River Monsters, said that the locals in Papua New Guinea call the creature the "ball cutter" after two fishermen reportedly bled to death after something in the water bit their testicles off. Are you wincing yet? Wait until you see the photo of this weird fish.
Photo courtesy of KDSK via Huffington Post.
Unlike piranha, the Pacu's teeth are strangely human, which may even be more disturbing than pointy teeth. Wade referred to the entire mouth as "surprisingly human-like...almost like they have teeth specially made for crushing. They are like human molars and the fish have powerful jaw muscles."
The fish doesn't pose any real threat to humans (yeah, try telling that to the men whose balls were bitten off), feeding on aquatic vegetation, snails, and, um...nuts. So what the heck is the Amazon native doing here? Biologists say they are most likely former aquarian pets that have been dumped (and now out for revenge against their former owners?). There have been no reports of any, ahem, accidents in the U.S yet, but gentlemen, you may want to wear a cup while swimming.