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15 Jul

Testicle-Biting, 'Ball Cutter' Pacu Fish Caught in Michigan Lake

A Michigan woman caught a 14-inch pacu, a "testicle-biting" native of South America and relative of the piranha, in Lake St. Clair last week. 

Last summer, pacu were caught off the coast of Sweden as well. The fish has been dubbed the "ball-cutter" per its reputation of attacking human testicles.

Our own angler Jeremy Wade caught this "nutcracker fish"  when he investigated reports of two men who died from severe hemmoraging after being castrated by something in the water. His search took him to Papua New Guinea. Watch his report: 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed last week's catch by Holley Luft on July 9.  Officials believe the fish may have been dumped in the lake once it became too large for a private aquarium. Pacu can grow to be up to 55 pounds and 3 feet in length in the wild — and could become too aggressive as well for your home tank.

In other words ... maybe NOT get a pacu for the house.

Watch Jeremy Wade's How to Catch a River Monster digital series and learn how he caught the ball-cutter:

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15 Jul

Untold Stories of the ER: Snapping Turtle Latches on and Won't Let Go

Our friends over at Discovery Fit & Health shared this crazy video with us from Untold Stories of the ER.

Patient Bo was noodling for catfish (just like our friends on Hillbilly Handfishin'!) when a 25-pound alligator snapping turtle latched onto his neck. Shouldn't be a problem to remove it, right?

Wrong. If the doctor harms or, worse, kills the turtle during removal, the catfishers risk serving jailtime according to the game warden who accompanied the group to the emergency room. Not to mention that pesky little detail of how strong the turtle is and the fact that it can hold its breath for an extended period of time.

Check out the video above, then watch some more awesome turtle videos.

19 Jun

Father & Son Reel in Giant, Record-Breaking White Sturgeon

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When Ron Jarvis and his son Paul traveled from Atlanta, Ga., to British Columbia for a father-son fishing trip, little did they know they were about to make the record books.  On the first day of their three-day excursion along the Fraser River, the duo caught one of the largest white sturgeon ever reeled in.

While it may be common for people to hook one of these giant fish, winning what can be an hour-long battle to reel the monster in is where people often fall short.  Sturgeons are the largest freshwater fish that can be found in North America and are said to live for over 100 years and grow to be over 1,500 lbs. However, after over an hour of work, 19-year-old Paul Jarvis succeeded in reeling in the beast which was over 11 feet long, and approximately 882 lbs.

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5 Jun

River Monsters: Jeremy Wade Swims with Manatees, Offers Snacks

Now that Season 6 of River Monsters has wrapped, our intrepid angler and biologist Jeremy Wade continues his world travels, sharing his monster fishing tales and marine expertise. 

Last month, he stopped by the River Safari aquarium in Singapore where he dove with manatees, fed them some treats and swam alongside one of their captive arapaimas in River Safari’s Amazon Flooded Forest.

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16 May

Florida Fishermen Catch Pregnant Hammerhead, Deliver 20 Shark Pups

Fishermen in Venice, Fla., reeled in a large Hammerhead shark that turned out to be pregnant. The mama shark had a large bite mark wound on her side through which they could see babies, popping their heads out and trying to wiggle free.

The men continued to pull her to shore and deliver 20 baby shark pups:

What the group clearly may have not known is that the Hammerhead shark is an endangered species and should be cut from the line and released if caught.

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16 May

Jumping Crocodiles Offer Strong Reminder to Never Get in the Water Again

8rk74In further evidence supporting our decision to never enter the water again, this video of amazing crocodiles leaping majestically out of the water to catch some meat on a fishing line proves that these chomping beauties aren't creatures to be messed with.

The video, from Northern Territory, Australian Outback YouTube channel shows how you can get up close and personal with the crocodiles (in a safe, smart manner, of course). Check it out.

As for us? With all of our Monster Week research, we'll stick to dry land, thanks. Check out more reasons to never get back in the water - including this piranha whose teeth can bite through steel:

Tune in for a brand new Monster Week - starting THIS Sunday at 9PM E/P

(with specials premiering at 8PM E/P too!)

14 May

British Boy Makes Monstrous Catfish Catch

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We've seen monstrous catfish catches on Hillbilly Handfishin' and River Monsters, but a British boy caught what many believe is the biggest living freshwater fish in Britain - a 122 pound, 7-foot long catfish.

Fourteen-year-old Will Sutton struggled with the catfish for 45 minutes and eventually was able to bring the fish to shore with the help of his uncle.

They weighed the fish and Sutton got his picture taken with it, then, with the help of his uncle, they released the fish back into the water. A monster catch with a happy ending.

Take a look at a fishing trip that had a not-so-nice of an ending, then tune in for more Monster Week starting THIS SUNDAY at 9PM E/P!

 

9 May

Curious Shark Nibbles on Inflatable Boat

Recently, the crew from Max Animal had the encounter of a lifetime when an inquisitive Great White Shark started chomping on their inflatable boat. According to the crew, they were filming for their youtube channel somewhere off the coast of South Africa when the shark decided to 'investigate' their boat.

While this was undoubtedly a frightening experience, it was one with a happy ending. All parties involved (including the shark!) swamp away unharmed.

Check out the incredible footage below

6 May

Rare And Elusive Goblin Shark Found Off The Coast of Key West

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Capt. Moore took photos of the shark and submitted his find to NOAA soon after. (Photo by Captain Carl Moore)

As a shrimp fisherman, Captain Carl Moore has his sights set on finding seafood to feed the hungry masses around the Gulf Coast. But while fishing 10 miles off the coast of Key West last month, Moore found something more sinister inside his net—an 18-foot Goblin shark.

Like its name depicts, the Goblin shark is known for its elongated snout, uniquely shaped head and jagged teeth. While it can be found around the world in the Pacific, the Goblin shark is a deep-sea dweller that lives in depths of up to 5,000 feet, making it difficult to spot, according to NBC News.

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This image of the Goblin shark illustrates its unique characteristics, such as its elongated snout. (Photo from ThinkStock)

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1 May

HELP! #KillerLampreys! Calling All Lamprey Videos!

You may have heard about the killer flick coming very soon to a TV near you, Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys - only on Animal Planet!  So as you can imagine, we are all hard at work here at HQ, researching and hunting the web to bring you the latest and greatest in all things LAMPREY.

But, we need YOUR help. We're looking for the wildest, weirdest, lamprey videos out there so we're asking all of you to send us #KillerLampreys videos. How, you ask?  Send and/or share your video links by any of these means:

  • Click here to email us with your full name and a link to video of evidence.
  • Share the video evidence on Twitter using the hashtag,#KillerLampreys.
  • Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo with the hashtag #KillerLampreys in the video title.
  • Post your #KillerLampreys evidence in the Comments section below.

We'll be looking for the craziest clips to feature right here in our blog and share on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

So far, this one's in first place:

Excuse me, WHAT?  We're not entirely sure what's going on here but we've reached out to the YouTuber who uploaded this for the real story - STAY TUNED ...

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