Tom Boylan, 77, didn’t expect to catch a fish from the amazon while he was fishing at Third Ward Veterans Memorial Park in Passaic, N.J.
After catching the fish, Boylan took it home and put it in his freezer overnight. The next day he took it to an aquarium supply store to have it identified. The fish that Boylan caught was called a pacu. The pacu is a cousin to the piranha that regularly eats vegetation and nuts that fall from trees into the water. The store said that they don’t even keep pacus because they can grow up to 4-feet long. The store refers to them as “tank busters.” The fish likely ended up in the New Jersey after its owner let it go because it grew to large. Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said that New Jersey gets a couple of pacu sightings a year, but that they aren’t a threat. He said that the pacus aren’t likely survive the cold waters during the winter, reports NorthJersey.com.
The pacu is referred to as the “Ball Cutter.” The fish earned this name after it was reportedly responsible for the deaths of two fisherman in the Pacific. The men died of blood loss after the fish bit off their testicles, reports the Daily Mail.