The Catfish Tale. 10 Interesting Facts Piranhas

The Catfish TaleThe Catfish Tale

A man who lives at Lake Conroe [50 miles north of Houston, Texas, USA ] saw a ball bouncing around strangely in the lake and went to investigate. It turned out to be a flathead catfish who had obviously tried to swallow a basketball which had then became stuck in its mouth. The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive, but unable to because the ball would always bring him back up to the surface. The fellow tried numerous times to get the ball out, but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut the ball in order to deflate it and release the hungry catfish. You probably wouldn't have believed this if you hadn't seen the following pictures:

The problem - ball stuck in mouth of catfish

Close-up of ball in the catfish's mouth

Catfish with large ball

Catfish swimming with ball

Catfish swimming with ball

Ball removed from the catfish and punctured

Catfish ball removed Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Britain's Biggest Ever Freshwater CatfishBritish Catfish record

A fisherman usually laughed at for his terrible luck was left reeling, when he landed Britain's biggest ever freshwater fish. James Jones, 31, was stunned when he hooked the monster wels catfish, which weighed a whopping 144lb (65.3kg). The father of three, of Essex, spent two hours fighting to bring the giant into the bank with the help of two other fishermen.

Interesting Catfish Snippets

Catfish are swimming tongues: they have more taste buds than any other creature.  Their entire bodies are covered with them. A six-inch catfish may have more than a quarter of a million taste buds, not just in its mouth and gills, but on its whiskers, fins, back, belly, sides and tail. The channel catfish has the best sense of taste of any vertebrate and is able to detect less than a hundredth of a teaspoonful of a substance in an Olympic swimming pool full of water.  Amazing think Will and Guy.


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10 Interesting Piranha Facts10 Interesting Piranha Facts

  1. Piranhas' natural habitat is the freshwater rivers of the Amazon in South America.
  2. Piranha have a fast metabolism, which means they digest their food very quickly.
  3. Piranha are mostly carnivores, which means that they need to eat protein, meat or fish.
  4. The word for scissors in the *Tupi Indian language is piranha. *Tupi are a tribe from the Amazon region of Brazil.
  5. Piranhas are known for their sharp, pointed teeth and shark like feeding frenzies, but the threat to humans is largely exaggerated.
  6. The piranha is usually small [the red piranha grows no longer than 13 inches].
  7. Their teeth are set in powerful jaws, and top and bottom teeth interlock, giving the freshwater fish its ability to tear and rip flesh.
  8. Their teeth are so tough they can bite through a steel fishing hook.
  9. There are between 30 and 40 species of piranha, and not all are strictly carnivorous. In fact, some consume large quantities of seeds.
  10. Piranha live in shoals of approximately 20 fish.

Funny Short Piranha Jokes from Leigh Park, Hampshire, England

 What's safer: a redheaded person or a piranha? The piranha. They only attack in schools
Mr Bawler, an English teacher at Park Community School, Leigh Park, Havant, England was asked, one lesson, how to spell the word, "piranha" 'I really don't know,' he replied, 'why not look it up in the dictionary?' The lad went away and looked it up and wrote it down correctly into his book which greatly pleased Mr Bawler. Then he overheard another class member say, 'Why bother to look it up? Bawlie doesn't know how to spell it anyway.'

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