Killer fish with teeth? Danish swimmers escape waters fearing killer fish

Killer fish with teeth? Danish swimmers escape waters fearing killer fish

The capture in the Danish/Swedish strait of Oresund of a fish some twenty centimeters in size and with long sharp teeth has caused Danish swimmers to leave the water fearing an invasion of meat eating killer fish, Piranhas. There is however no cause for panic say experts. The fish, though exotic, is a Pacu, not a piranha. None the less they caution male swimmers to protect their privates when swimming in the sound.

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Aug. 12, 2013 — The capture in the Danish/Swedish strait of Oresund of a fish some twenty centimeters in size and with long sharp teeth has caused Danish swimmers to leave the water fearing an invasion of meat eating killer fish, Piranhas. There is however no cause for panic say experts. The fish, though exotic, is a Pacu, not a piranha. None the less they caution male swimmers to protect their privates when swimming in the sound.”Discovering whether this fish is a lone wanderer or a new invasive species will be very exciting. And a bit scary. It’s the first time this species has been caught in the wild in Scandinavia,” says Associate Professor and fish expert Peter Rask Møller of the National History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen.Caught by hobby fishermanThe frightening fish was caught by hobby fisherman Einar Lindgreen on August 4. As he emptied his nets north of Danish isle Saltholm in the strait Oresund which seperates Denmark and Sweden he saw the red-bellied bigtooth among eels and perch. Back in the harbour the exotic fish caused quite an uproar, as several of Lindgreens colleagues were convinced that they were staring at a South American Piranha. Fortunately the fish was sent for study at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. …

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