Nut Cruncher – Scandinavians Warned of Testicle-Biting Fish
Last week, fisherman in the Oresund Sound between Sweden and Denmark reeled in a pacu, a fish best known for its sharp teeth and occasional attacks on male genitalia. This in turn caused Scandinavia to send out a warning to all male skinny-dippers…boys, keep your boys out of the water.
Hold on a second…I thought the pacu is a vegetarian, unlike its meat-eating cousin.
So why should swimmers beware?
Pacu fish love crushing nuts with their powerful jaws and sometimes can mistake the male reproductive organs for their favorite snack.
“The pacu is not normally dangerous to people but it has quite a serious bite. There have been incidents in other countries, such as Papua New Guinea, where some men have had their testicles bitten off,” Henrik Carl, one of the museum’s fish experts, told Sweden’s The Local. “They bite because they’re hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth.”
Originally 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.
Well at least if you’re skinny-dipping in Sweden the water is ridiculously cold, making your testicles/fish-bait retract upwards, making it a harder target.