‘Ball Cutter’ discovered in Danish waters

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'Ball Cutter' discovered in Danish waters

A cousin of the Piranha, rumoured to go after testicles, might be invading brackish waters near Copenhagen.

“It’s the first time this species has been caught in the wild in Scandinavia,” said fish expert Peter Rask Moller of the University of Copenhagen in a statement. “Discovering whether this fish is a lone wanderer or a new invasive species will be very exciting. And a bit scary.”

The toothy South American fish has crept into lakes and rivers far outside its native range, most likely after getting out from aquariums and fish farms. Though its teeth are used mainly to crush nuts and fruits, the pacu eats other fish and invertebrates and there have been some reports of human attacks. In Papua, New Guinea, the invasive specie has reportedly earned a reputation as the “ball-cutter” after castrating a couple of local fishermen.

The specimen snagged by Lindgreen measured just short of 8 inches (20 cm) long, but the Pacu can grow much larger. Some can even weigh as much as 55lbs (25 kg), according to the University of Copenhagen.

Featuring: The Pacu
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
When: 14 Aug 2013
Credit: Supplied by WENN.com

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