Oklahoma Boy’s Surprising Catch: A Fish With Human-Like Teeth!

While enjoying a leisurely July weekend on her back porch, Janna Clinton watched her son Charlie, age 11, as he went fishing in the pond located behind their Oklahoma residence.

Charlie started screaming for her out of the blue. Janna shot to her feet, running to investigate the disturbance. Charlie had caught a strange critter on his fishing line, much to her astonishment.

Catch-and-release fishing is common at the pond behind the Clinton residence, where bass and catfish are usually caught. But over the weekend of July 14th, Charlie caught an unusual-looking fish with just a bit of bread as bait and called his mother for help.

“He exclaimed, ‘Oh my God, mother!'” God, oh God! Janna narrated. “At first, I thought he was being dramatic,”

Janna saw, upon closer examination, that the fish had teeth resembling those of a human.

Janna continued, “Normally we catch bass or catfish in our neighborhood pond—nothing with human-like teeth.” She also mentioned how unexpectedly strong the fish was. Charlie mentioned that it fought really hard. He fished alone, and he did a fantastic job.

On their neighborhood Facebook group, the Clintons shared a picture of the strange fish, which sparked comments like “THOSE ARE HUMAN TEETH” and “What in the world! That is eerie!

A few neighbors advised getting in touch with wildlife officials. “There is no catch and release involved at all! One person said, “Thanks for taking it seriously,” and another suggested calling the wildlife authorities.

The fish was put back in the pond by the family before they consulted wildlife experts. Janna said, “It’s a catch-and-release pond, so we released it, not knowing better at the time.” “There, we made a mistake.”

The fish was subsequently identified by the family as a pacu, a native of South America and a related of the piranha. The pacu has square teeth with a small overbite, and it is primarily vegetarian, unlike its meat-eating cousins with sharp teeth.

Wildlife officials believe the pacu got into the pond when its owner released it since it was too big for its container.

 

“Dear, whoever released an entire Pacu (a South American fish closely related to Piranha) into a NEIGHBORHOOD pond; how dare you?” was the message posted on Twitter by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) in response to the incident.

Many people were shocked by the pacu’s teeth in the online conversations that followed the Tweet.

 

A user questioned, “WHY DOES IT HAVE HUMAN TEETH?”

“I dunno, we didn’t make them,” the ODWC retorted. They also said, “Charlie Clinton caught your fish.” He is eleven years old. NEVER LET GO OF YOUR PETS. They are an exotic and invading species that have the potential to harm our regional ecosystems.

There have been reports of pacu sightings in Oklahoma in the past. Kennedy Smith, an additional 11-year-old, caught a pacu from Marina Cove at Ft. Cobb Lake in July 2018. On Facebook, Oklahoma Game Wardens had issued the following warning: “Pacu have been caught in various Oklahoma fisheries before. They are usually purchased as pets and discharged from their tanks when they are too big. Up to 3.5 feet and 88 pounds, Pacu is capable of growing.

Pacus are known as “the ball cutters,” despite the fact that they are usually harmless.

When a pacu was discovered in Sweden’s Oresund Sound in 2011, a warning was issued. Henrik Carl, a fish expert, told of cases in Papua New Guinea where men had their testicles amputated—some even bleeding to death.

Charlie has been fishing in the pond since returning to Oklahoma in the hopes of catching the pacu once more.

Janna stated, “He stayed at the pond late that night trying to catch it again.” We will have it mounted for him if he manages to catch it. That’s a prize, in my opinion, and he deserves it. I informed him that we would create the illusion of a smile so you could see the fish’s teeth.

Although the pacu may have an unsettling appearance, it’s also bad news for the fish, who were taken out of their native environment and placed in a new one. Due to its potential to damage the ecosystem, this activity is risky.

How do you feel about the “ball cutter”?

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