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OT - Might want to wear a hard jockstrap cup if you're swimming in Illinois [message #186374] Mon, 09 July 2012 23:28
George Johnson is currently offline  George Johnson
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OT - Might want to wear a hard jockstrap cup if you're swimming in
Illinois (and not just for the purpose of "impressing the ladies".

Well, that's one way to control the Zebra Mussels (and the dating
opportunities of the residents of Litchfield & Hillsboro).

Pacu, Testicle-Eating Fish Species, Caught In Lake Lou Yaeger In Illinois
The Huffington Post | By Hilary Hanson Posted: 07/07/2012 11:07 am
Updated: 07/07/2012 11:27 am g-fish-illinois-lake_n_1656015.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

When biologists say the pacu fish eats nuts, they may be correct in more
ways than one.

The pacu, a toothy fish that can weigh up to 55 pounds, has been spotted in
Lake Lou Yaeger in Illinois, KSDK reports.

Responding to a report that a fisherman had reeled in a piranha on June 7,
lake superintendent Jim Caldwell brought the fish to the Illinois Department
of Natural Resources, where it was identified as a pacu. Some reports say
another pacu was seen a couple of weeks later.

Caldwell said he is still swimming in the lake nearly every day. Pacus
primarily eat nuts, aquatic vegetation and snails, he told KDSK, and pose no
real threat to humans.

Residents of Papua New Guinea may beg to differ. There, according to British
fisherman Jeremy Wade, the pacu is known as the "ball cutter." In 2011, Wade
said locals informed him that two fisherman had died from blood loss after
something in the water had bitten off their testicles, according to the

"The locals told me that this thing was like a human in the water, biting at
the testicles of fishermen," Wade said.

Wade determined that the perpetrator was the pacu, which is known for having
human-like teeth. The angler did note that such attacks are uncommon, the
Daily Mail reports.

Though pacus are native to the Amazon Basin, they were released into Papua
New Guinea waters in the 1990s as part of an initiative to boost fisheries.

Biologists say any pacus in the Illinois lake are most likely former
aquarium pets, according to the Journal-News. Anyone caught dumping the fish
in the lake could face criminal charges.
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