“Ball Cutter” Fish Found in Illinois Lake
A fisherman discovered a Pacu, a fish with human-like teeth, in Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield, Illinois on June 7, KSDK reports.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources identified the fish as a cousin to the piranha. Some reports also note that another pacu was seen weeks later. Biologists says the pacus might be aquarium pets and anyone found dumping the fish in the lake can be criminally charged.
Pacu are originally from South America and raised in fish farms in Papua New Guinea.
Although less aggressive than Piranha, usually eating nuts, seeds, snails and other fish, their teeth can harm humans. Papua New Guinea fishermen claim that Pacu have attacked their testicles and that two have died because of these attacks. They refer to the fish as “ball cutters.”
Anyone who finds Pacu in Lake Lou Yaeger should contact the lake superintendent Jim Cadwell or Litchfield police.
British fisherman Jeremy Wade says the fish can be deadly.
In 2011, Wade said locals informed him that two fisherman had died from blood loss after something in the water had bitten off their testicles, according to the Metro.
“The locals told me that this thing was like a human in the water, biting at the testicles of fishermen,” Wade said.
Wade determined that the perpetrator was the pacu, which is known for having human-like teeth. The angler did note that such attacks are uncommon, the Daily Mail reports..