Fish with ‘human-like’ teeth caught in Texas

by mcastellon on July 19, 2006

Lubbock, TX game wardens are trying to determine the species of a fish caught from a popular West Texas lake that appears to have human teeth. Here’s the item from Lubbock’s CBS affiliate:

Late Tuesday afternoon, a fisherman hooked a fish he says he`s never seen before and lake officials are just as amazed: a 20-pound fish with what looks like human teeth.

Scott Curry has caught thousands of fish at Buffalo Springs Lake. He knew his catch was something special from the time he hooked it.

“It took a long time to (reel)in,” he says. “I didn`t want to lose it. I was afraid line would break on it.”

After reeling in the 20-pounder, Curry realized it wasn`t a typical catch. This one had teeth.

“I haven`t seen anything like it,” he says.

“I`ve lived out here 36-years, and I`ve never seen a fish like that out here in my life,” says Greg Thornton, General Manager of Buffalo Springs Lake.

Internet searches show it might be a pacu, a fish familiar to South America or a tambaqui, one of the most valuable commercial fish in the Amazon.

“Some one likely got rid of it out here,” thinks Thornton.

A game warden has taken pictures and will try to identify it in the next few days.

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