Fisherman Catches Rare 'Giant Piranha'

Posted Oct 21st 2010 11:44 AMUpdated Oct 21st 2010 12:19 PM

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A British fisherman has hauled in a rather terrifying catch in the Congo River in Africa – a very toothsome 'giant piranha.'

The rare goliath tigerfish is among the most dangerous freshwater fish in the world. But that didn't stop angler Jeremy Wade from going after one for the British ITV show called "River Monsters," which he hosts.

The show investigates mythical reports of humans being attacked by unknown monsters around the world.

Wade, 52, carefully held his 5-foot-long catch as he posed for photos, and it's easy to see why.

The giant fish weighs more than 100 pounds and has 32 teeth, similar in size and sharpness to those of a great white shark.

"It is quite a beast," Wade tells the Daily Mail newspaper.

Giant Piranha

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He says the goliath tigerfish is basically a "giant piranha," with an extremely powerful bite.

The species "has been known to consume prey the same size as itself, attack people and take pieces out of crocodiles," Wade says.

The fish lives in a habitat that's hard to reach, in a remote part of the Congo, and Wade says it took him eight days to reel one in. For bait, he used a large catfish.

Wade tells the newspaper he stood back from the fish while hauling it in until it was safely in his landing net.

"It is a very dangerous fish to handle. If you aren't careful it could easily take your finger off or worse," he says.
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Pizza

i counted all the teeth it has 30 teeth

June 19 2011 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pizza

it has 30 teeth i counted all

June 19 2011 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Butch

All of the piranha I've ever seen are much more red in color than this one. Also, they are a very " skinny " fish where this one looks very fat. Is it a different species or something ? It is a frightening looking fish for sure. My hat goes off to anyone attempting to catch such a monster. Not for the squemish that's for sure !!

December 17 2010 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chainsaw

Nice try, if you look closley the teeth look fake. Also they dont show the mouth closed because theteeth would puncture the gums.I aint buying it.

December 15 2010 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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KajsaBeckett

oh no it's definitely real. But it's not a piranha. It's a different species of fish.

March 16 2013 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erik Thelander

Watch his show it is real I promise

April 03 2013 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda

Thank for the picture

October 27 2010 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat Sullivan

The article said the fish has 32 teeth. But I counted only 18. What gives? I think the author was incorrect.

October 24 2010 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mickey

I counted 31. Were you only counting the big ones? You have to count those four little ones at the left corner of its mouth, and then assume there are four little ones in the right corner that you can't see because of the angle.

Though, considering the size of the fish coupled with the fact it could tear your head off, I doubt if its' highly important whether it has 18 or 32 teeth.

November 03 2010 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim

Rather than being in such a rush to blame the person who wrote the story, blame your glasses or your math teacher. There are smaller teeth toward the back of the fish's mouth, not just the very scary plainly visible ones. Sheesh, everyone is always so ready to shoot the messenger.

December 02 2010 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lee@leefrank.net

Holy Carp!

October 22 2010 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RN Pete

Jeremy Wade is THE MAN. He produces results. When you watch his show, he'll have whatever fish he's gone after worn-out at the end of a big-game rig sometime within the hour.

Let Jeremy Wade host any of those Ghost Hunter, Monster Quest, UFO, or Destination Truth shows and I'm certain he'll catch more than just EVPs, personal experiences, strange lights, or inconclusive evidence...

When I grow up, I want to be like him.

October 22 2010 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ev

OMG!!!! If I was in a boat and pulled this up I would so DIE!!!! Man it is uuugggllyyyyy...lol That could feed a village.

October 22 2010 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nancy

I am surely glad he didn't release this back into the water~!! God Bless him~!

October 22 2010 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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