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Fish With Human-Like Teeth, Piranha Relative Found In Petaluma Pond


PETALUMA (KCBS) – A Petaluma fisherman got a big bite, but didn't expect the fish he reeled in to bite back.

Juan Gallo caught a pacu fish at the Lucchesi Park pond in Petaluma over the weekend. But as he lifted the fish from the water, its teeth cut the line.

A pacu is a freshwater fish typically found in the Amazon River and a relative of the piranha. While the fish is sold at U.S. pet shops, they're illegal in California.

Gallo managed to keep a hold of the fish, and plans to turn it over to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He said if they don't want it, he may have it stuffed.

Pacu fish
A Pacu fish. (Nisamanee wanmoon/Wikimedia Commons)


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