Offbeat

Mystery Fish With Human Teeth Bites Angler

Frank Yarborough is an angler who likes to fish in Lake Wylie, South Carolina. He got the shock of his life when a mysterious fish he hooked on his line near the Buster Boyd Bridge bit him with distinctly human-looking teeth!

He thought it was a catfish when he scooped it up with his hand only to discover that his fingers were clamped between what resembled a set of yellowish human dentures, as if from a person who never brushed his teeth! The fish weighed five pounds and was almost 1 foot, 8 inches long.

A freshwater fisheries biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Mr. Robert Stroud (no relation to bird man of Alcatraz, Robert Stroud), has confirmed that samples from the fish, believed to be a distant relative of the deadly piranha, have been sent off to laboratories in Charleston and to Florida to ascertain the species. He told the media:

“The teeth looked as if the fish had chewed tobacco all his life…It is more than likely a common species of Pacu, Colossama macropomum, originating from the Amazon River basin of South America and is quite common in the aquarium trade.”

According to Stroud, the teeth of a Pacu are known to grind down and they resemble molars.  It is said that tribesmen from the Amazon, in an attempt to intimidate their enemies, sport sets of Pacu teeth around their necks because they so greatly resemble human teeth.

One thing is certain. There is no question that Pacus is a warm water fish that is not native to Lake Wylie. Biologists believe it was probably raised in an exotic fish tank and released when it got too large for the tank.

Stroud spoke at length about how dumping non-native fish from aquariums into lakes is not only illegal; but also very harmless to the ecological chain of life. This is not the first time a weird, non-indigenous species has been found in Lake Wylie; the waters once uncovered a South American Red Oscar and a ravenous African Snakefish.

The fish now sits in a freezer in Mr. Yarborough’s home, where it can no longer bite anybody and serves as a toothy reminder of Mother Nature’s rather grim view of creation.

Leave a Comment

  1. Dieu says:

    Wait, you mean it's not only illegal, but also very HARMFUL, right?

    (CAPS used to indicate the word I was surprised by, haha)