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Ever since a fisherman reeled in a 21 centimetre pacu in the ?resund Sound off southern Sweden, experts have been on alert. The fish species, a relative of the notorious piranha, caused museum staff in nearby Denmark to put out a warning.

"Keep your swimwear on if you're bathing in the Sound these days - maybe there are more out there!" the Natural History Museum of Denmark wrote.

The fish species is more usually found in warmer climes, and has a reputation as something of a ball breaker among male swimmers, an expert confirmed for The Local.

"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,"  :|  said Henrik Carl, fish expert at the Danish museum.

While Carl said the museum's warning about the pacu, sometimes known as the "ball cutter", was meant "as a bit of fun", human victims of the pacu are rarely laughing.

"They bite because they're hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth," he explained.

"And its mouth is not so big, so of course it normally eats nuts, fruit, and small fish, but human testicles are just a natural target. It's not normal to get your testicles bitten off, of course, but it can happen, especially now in Sweden."

Pacus have reportedly killed fishermen who have bled to death after losing their testicles.

While Carl admitted that he was unsure if there were any more pacu in the Swedish waters, the team at the museum is looking into the fish's DNA to confirm whether it is indeed a pacu. The fish, he explained, looks exactly the same as a piranha and is even a member of the same sub-family.

"They are almost identical to the piranha, you couldn't even tell from the outside. It's just that they have different teeth. Flatter and stronger, perfect for crushing," he added.

While the ?resund pacu may not have caused any harm before it was caught, Carl said there is nothing to fear for other men planning to take a dip in the area.

"No, there's nothing to worry about... you're more likely to drown that get your nuts bitten off," he told The Local with a laugh.

"However, it could become a problem some time in the future if it's not the only one. This one was the first, but who knows, it's probably not the last."

The pacu, native to South America, can grow up to 90 centimetres and weigh up to 25 kilogrammes.

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Lovely. As if nature wasn't scary enough as it is, now we got nutcracker fish straight out of a bad SyFy movie.. Jaws got nothing on this. I'll stick to pools that have enough chlorine in them to make your eyes bleed, thanks.

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Kevlar swim trunks anyone ? :laugh:

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I don't even have testicles and this made me NOPE

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We need a made for TV movie about this. :D

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I don't even have testicles and this made me NOPE

:D good one 

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Swedish men have been warned to keep their swimwear on while bathing in the ?resund Sound off the southern coast of Sweden after a relative of the piranha was discovered in the area.

 
 

Ever since a fisherman reeled in a 21 centimetre pacu in the ?resund Sound off southern Sweden, experts have been on alert. The fish species, a relative of the notorious piranha, caused museum staff in nearby Denmark to put out a warning.

"Keep your swimwear on if you're bathing in the Sound these days - maybe there are more out there!" the Natural History Museum of Denmark wrote.

The fish species is more usually found in warmer climes, and has a reputation as something of a ball breaker among male swimmers, an expert confirmed for The Local.

"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," said Henrik Carl, fish expert at the Danish museum.

While Carl said the museum's warning about the pacu, sometimes known as the "ball cutter", was meant "as a bit of fun", human victims of the pacu are rarely laughing.

"They bite because they're hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth," he explained.

 

"And its mouth is not so big, so of course it normally eats nuts, fruit, and small fish, but human testicles are just a natural target. It's not normal to get your testicles bitten off, of course, but it can happen, especially now in Sweden."

Pacus have reportedly killed fishermen who have bled to death after losing their testicles.

While Carl admitted that he was unsure if there were any more pacu in the Swedish waters, the team at the museum is looking into the fish's DNA to confirm whether it is indeed a pacu. The fish, he explained, looks exactly the same as a piranha and is even a member of the same sub-family.

"They are almost identical to the piranha, you couldn't even tell from the outside. It's just that they have different teeth. Flatter and stronger, perfect for crushing," he added.

While the ?resund pacu may not have caused any harm before it was caught, Carl said there is nothing to fear for other men planning to take a dip in the area.

"No, there's nothing to worry about... you're more likely to drown that get your nuts bitten off," he told The Local with a laugh.

"However, it could become a problem some time in the future if it's not the only one. This one was the first, but who knows, it's probably not the last."

The pacu, native to South America, can grow up to 90 centimetres and weigh up to 25 kilogrammes.

 

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I used to keep Pacu.  They are good fish.  Kind of flighty like their piranha relatives.  Just giant-sized Tetras, really.

 

I worried less about them than I do my Arowana that I have now!!!  That sucker is far too curious of my hand and has nearly gotten me on numerous occasions.  Not that it could do too much harm... small teeth.

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LOL  I've never heard such craziness...  lol  Good to know!

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We need a made for TV movie about this. :D

You can star, as the first victim. :shifty:

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"The pacu, native to South America, can grow up to 90 centimetres and weigh up to 25 kilogrammes."

 

WAT?

 

Aw...hell naw.

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You can star, as the first victim. :shifty:

I might consider it but I am very expensive. They probably can't afford me. :P

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Lovely. As if nature wasn't scary enough as it is, now we got nutcracker fish straight out of a bad SyFy movie.. Jaws got nothing on this. I'll stick to pools that have enough chlorine in them to make your eyes bleed, thanks.

I don't know why but there's a lot of bad movie titles popping up in my brain right now ...

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^ Attack of the Girl-makers ? :laugh:

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"....And I'm half the maaan I uuuused to beeee....."

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Nothing to worry eh? I haz not balls of steel, I iz vulnerable to pacu.

 

That ###### has some nasty teeth.

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Cute fish.

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"The pacu, native to South America, can grow up to 90 centimetres and weigh up to 25 kilogrammes."

 

WAT?

 

Aw...hell naw.

 

You mean, "Aw...hell gnaw", right? :p

 

Anyway, I don't know about Pacu, but piranha aren't actually dangerous.  Movie "facts" about them have little to do with reality.  Piranha are carrion feeders, they don't attack live things, generally.

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Warning appreciated, but I always "watch my crotch". Thanks.

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Kevlar swim trunks anyone ? :laugh:

Nope, Titanium ones please

 

edit,

 

that'll teach me not to check the date line.

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"They bite because they're hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth,"

LOL

 

That they do  :shifty:

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You mean, "Aw...hell gnaw", right? :p

 

Anyway, I don't know about Pacu, but piranha aren't actually dangerous.  Movie "facts" about them have little to do with reality.  Piranha are carrion feeders, they don't attack live things, generally.

Piranha are actually pretty dangerous... That's not just a movie myth.

 

In 2011, in the Brazilian state of Piau?, there were brutal and recurring attacks resulting in one hundred people being injured.[17] In the State of S?o Paulo another attack in the Tiet? river resulted in 15 injured people.[18] In the city of Palmas, Tocantins, 190 piranha attacks were reported in the first half of 2007.[19] Biologists and experts warn that entering unknown rivers can be dangerous and fatal. Contrary to what many think, piranhas can be found in all regions of Brazil, including rivers, lakes,and coastal areas.

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Piranha are actually pretty dangerous... That's not just a movie myth.

 

Yeah I've seen documentaries explain that they'll even rip apart one of their own if it's hurt in the scuffle they usually create.

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Never knew fish liked sausages and meatballs. :s

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