An angler fishing Michigan’s Lake St. Clair recently got the surprise of his life when he reeled in a large South American pacu—a fish that has gained a reputation for crunching and consuming…well…testicles!

The pacu is a distant cousin to the piranha, but can grow to weigh 50 pounds. And unlike its meat-eating kin the pacu is a vegetarian, eating plants as well as fruit and nuts that fall from bankside trees. It possesses a set of human-like teeth, with which it’s able to crack tree nuts and mash fruit.

Its impressive set of crushers has no doubt lent credence to stories of the fish mistaking human testicles for a waterlogged Brazil nut and inflicting the cruelest of injuries. Several informed sources, however, have debunked that myth, saying there have been no credible reports of it ever happening.

Still, we’re going to pass on skinny dipping in Lake St. Clair for a while.

Image Courtesy Michigan DNR

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8 thoughts on “Testicle Biting Pacu Caught in Michigan Lake

  1. The obvious question is, what was he using for bait? Any I can come up with suggest this fish is not the most strict vegetarian.

  2. They will eat meat. I used to own two of them and they would eat hamburger and steak. Mine only liked red meat. They would not eat chicken or pork. After my ex and I spit up in fact,he said, one of them ate the other.

  3. This is why it is important to never release aquarium species- if you don’t want a pet, return it to a retailer, zoo or aquarium, or another hobbyist. There are plenty of aquarium owners and clubs in Michigan that would be have been happy to have this guy as a pet. The department of environmental quality recently created an education program to inform folks of the dangers of release aquarium and water garden species- it is called RIPPLE: Reduce Invasive Pet and PLant Escapes. More folks need to get on board!

  4. You must be a State of Michigan employee. Using those crazy acronym’s that nobody ever remembers. No offense by any means but just funny how the Gov’t uses these all the time. RIPPLE, no one will ever remember what that stands for. I retired from Michigan and pretty much busted out laughing every time in training we were introduced to all the acronym’s every training period. I always wondered why they pay a person to think of those. But anyways, people should not be “dumping” off pets into the environment.. Glad it was caught, but only way it would survive a winter would to be finding a warm water discharge or pond area.

      1. Your right, not one person, but way too many of them that cannot think of new ideas..

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