The ferocious-looking fish species is called pacu and is known for its human-like teeth.
A Petaluma fisherman was stunned to see a weird kind of fish dangling from the fishing rod during his trip to Lucchesi Park pond. The ferocious-looking fish was a Pacu which is known for its incredible human-like teeth.
The particular fish which was caught by local fisherman Juan Gallo immediately used its large teeth to cut the line after emerging from the water, but could not escape.
“It landed on the dirt and you could tell it was not anything we had seen before.” The fisherman told The Press Democrat.
Pacu is freshwater fish water which has teeth strikingly similar to those of humans. The fish is indigenous to Amazon River and is a relative of piranha. Pacu fish are widely available at pet shops across US but they are illegal to California state.
The main difference between pacu and their close relative piranha is obviously their teeth. Piranha has pointed, razor sharp teeth like most of the fish species usually have. In contrast, pacu has set of teeth which are squarer and straighter just like humans. Additionally, full grown pacu is much more massive than a piranha which can be up to 3 feet across and weigh 55 pound.
Pacus are primarily plant eaters and are mostly considered harmless to humans despite being related to piranha which possesses strong biting abilities.
This is not the first time when a pacu has been found in U.S. waters. In June 2015, a pacu was spotted in a New Jersey lake. Earlier in 2006, a fish was caught near Yuma, Arizon, setting off fears about the spread of invasive fish species.
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Fisherman Gallo is planning to turn pacu to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and if they don’t want it, he will like to stuff it and keep in his house.