Swedish men have been told to stay out of the water after a gonad-gobbling fish known as the “Ball Cutter” was spotted in the wild.
On August 4th, local fisherman Einar Lindgreen was going through his catch after fishing in the Oresund, the strait between Denmark and Sweden; besides the eels and perch, Lindgreen also netted an exotic fish suspected to be a red-bellied Pacu, which is native to the Amazon and has uncannily human-looking teeth.
A close relative of the Amazonian Piranha, it can grow up to 90cm long and weigh up to 25kg. The Pacu, however, is famous for its taste for nuts of both the human and vegetable kind; they are nicknamed the “Ball Cutter”, as they have a strong jaw filled with square, sharp teeth, and also have a fondness for the taste of male genitalia. Unlucky swimmers in the Amazon and Orinoco regions – where the ball-cutter is normally found – have bled to death after the fish chowed down on their crown jewels.
Henrik Carl, a fish expert at the National History Museum in Denmark, issued this stern warning: “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.”
“They bite because they’re hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth. 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.”
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