A seriously unattractive fish known as the â€œPacuâ€ has apparently somehow wound up in the waters off Scandinavia â€“ and with some unpleasant results, to say the least. There are three primary points here:
(1) The Pacu most commonly lives in the Amazon River so, from an environmental standpoint, the organismâ€™s ability to successfullyÂ transition itselfÂ into one ofÂ our planetsÂ most radically different ecosystems is indeed rather impressive.
(2) The Pacu is â€œnormally vegetarianâ€ â€“ NORMALLY being the opperative word here . . . For example, consider the following: â€œThe pacu is not normally dangerous to people but it has quite a serious bite. There have been incidents in other countries, where some men have had their testicles bitten off,â€ Henrik Carl, one of [Swedenâ€™s] fish experts,Â told Sweden’s The Local.â€œThey bite because they’re hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth.â€
Iâ€™m quite certain thatâ€™s one of the least reassuring statements Iâ€™ve ever read. EVER.
(3) This represents a phenomenon that is in no way limited to Scandinavia â€“ or this particular fish. The reason weâ€™re seeing invasive species showing up in unexpected places (pythonsÂ emerging from suburban Florida toilets, the now legendary SNAKEHEAD, etc…) is due entirely to human activity. The (usually) illegal, and almost always unwise practice of transporting animals far from their natural habitats, either as pets, sourceÂ of exotic food (in the case of the snakehead)Â or to potentially control local ecological problems, is having real repercussions. And, as noted, these areÂ not – let me repeat, NOT -Â repercussions you want anywhere near your â€œbait and tackleâ€¦â€
Sadly, this is no â€œSharknadoâ€ folks. This is all too real. Next time I’m swimming off the Swedish coast, I know I’ll be taking every precaution available.
[â€œScandinavian Swimmers Warned About Testicle-Attacking Monster Fish,â€ Gawker.com, 8/10/2013]