The photo above accompanied an email from Footloose which read…
“I hope this fish has not swam upstream into our territorial waters and get served as one of the signature dishes at ZubuDagat.
And accompanied by this description:
“Penis-eating fish Native to the Amazon and a cousin to the piranha, the pacu has become a popular aquarium fish. The problem is they sometimes outgrow their tanks and then the owners drop them into lakes. That’s how wildlife officials believe a pacu got into the Concho River. The fish is famous for biting off the testicles of fisherman in places like Papua New Guinea. They call it “the ball cutter.””
Frankly, I laughed for a good 30 seconds, but decided to research further. Particularly since I wanted to know why a South American fish was introduced to Papua New Guinea to begin with (it was, as a potential food source). Lucky for those who enjoy skinny dipping in brackish water, it seems the reputation as a “ball muncher” is exaggerated and CNN had to do a report to debunk the claims, here… Turns out they are indeed nut eaters, but as in fruit and nuts. They’re vegetarian. :)
Naughty Footloose, naughty. :)