Pacu fish will eat your testicles

Thanks to PerthNow for this:

A fish known for eating the testicles of male swimmers has been found in Europe for the first time.

The pacu is a type of piranha with “human-like” teeth, and bombshell reports have claimed that one has been caught by fisherman Einar Lindgreen off the coast of Sweden.

Henrick Carl, from Denmark’s Natural History Museum, told local media: “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.”

Carl added that pacu fishes are largely vegetarian and nip away at those in the water only because they are hungry.

Pacu fish will eat your testicles

He said: “They bite because they’re hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth.”

While the reason the pacu strayed into European waters remains unknown, it could be put down to a hankering for some exotic international cuisine.

The “ball-cutter” fish is native to the Amazon rainforest’s freshwater rivers, but was introduced to various Papua New Guinean rivers in the 1990s so it could be fished locally.

As if the island country needed more dangerous creatures.

According to The Clever, there are 15 very good reasons to stay away from Papua New Guinea— none of which include the pacu.

Between the dagger-clawed cassowary, a host of highly-venomous snakes, giant tarantulas and cockroaches and even poisonous birds — yep, you heard right — the Pacific Ocean country could certainly give Australia a run for its money as the country where “everything wants to kill you”.


  1. Papuan blacksnake
  2. Great flying fox
  3. Dingoes
  4. Lionfish
  5. Giant centipede
  6. Poisonous birds
  7. Monitor lizard
  8. Box jellyfish
  9. Banded sea krait
  10. Monster cockroaches
  11. Giant tarantulas
  12. Saltwater crocodile
  13. Death adder
  14. Venomous taipan
  15. Cassowary

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