COPENHAGEN, Hovedstaden: A Danish fisherman made an unusual find in his nets recently when he discovered a pacu, a sharp-toothed cousin of the South American piranha with a reported penchant for testicles.
“If they bite, they can bite hard . . . especially when they bite you where you really don’t want to be bitten,” joked fish expert Peter Resk Moeller of the Natural History Museum of Denmark.
However, he said that the pacu is not a meat-eater and normally does not attack people.
The rare find has spread across international media, who have jumped on the fish’s reputation as a “ball-cutter” for its reported attacks on men.
In a documentary for US channel Animal Planet in 2012, an expert on extreme fishing relayed anecdotally that some fishermen in Papua New Guinea had had their testicles bitten by pacus.
However Moeller defended the toothy vegetarian’s eating habits.
“The fisherman was very surprised and a bit suspicious because this fish, the pacu, looks so much like a piranha but it is not a carnivore,” said
It is not known where the fish came from, but Moeller suggested “it probably came from a local aquarium.”