By: Betty Chu
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: