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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 31 01:44 AM

Oct 31, 2010: Fish Story

From the Austrian Times comes the story of Dan Nowak entering a fishing contest at, "a power station reservoir in Rybnik, Poland".
The punchline is. "he hooked a monster 49-inch Piranha". Say what? Piranha? Poland? WTF?

Now looking at the photo, either Dan is one badass mo-fo, or that fish ain't even close to 49 inches. Maybe 18 or 20, tops.



Quote:
Nowak, 28, claims he hooked the normally tropical brute in a stretch of warm water heated by a power station...
That would explain the warm water fish's survival, plus warm water would provide more food, which could explain the size... sort of... maybe... I guess.


But the really strange part, nobody would believe it's a Piranha, because of it's teeth.



It looks like it ate a human, and swallowed everything but the dentures.

Quote:
But experts are wondering if Nowak's fishy tale is really the whole tooth.
"There's something distinctly strange about the piranha's teeth and it's a huge fish - twice what you would expect," said one.
But officials at Bukow Mini-Zoo - where the fish is now on show - confirmed: "It was probably dumped by an owner who didn't realise how large it would get."
They didn't mention if it was a Nuclear plant or not.

link


Gravdigr  Sunday Oct 31 03:21 AM




xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 31 04:15 AM

No what?



ZenGum  Sunday Oct 31 05:30 AM

I guess he caught it with a fishing pole.

49 centimetres would look about right. Inches, harrumph.



SPUCK  Sunday Oct 31 06:31 AM

Yeah, that's what I was going to say - 49cm and



Trilby  Sunday Oct 31 07:28 AM

OMG. That thing is disgusting!

I've been watching a lot of TV lately (don't ask why) and there are a TON of lake monsters out there - not just ol' Nessie.

there are four in Canada, one here in the US (Lake Champlain monster called Champ) and there's one in just about every large lake anywhere. I got to wondering --- who swims in those lakes? I sure as hell wouldn't. *shiver*



onetrack  Sunday Oct 31 07:58 AM

When you haul something like that in ..... you should always be aware ... its MOMMY is lurking around somewhere .....



Sundae  Sunday Oct 31 08:11 AM

It's been a bad week for bad week for monstrously big animals.

Someone shot the Emperor of Exmoor - a giant stag.
Apparently, anyway (there is confusion since)
It was supposedly the largest wild animal in Britain.

I haven't had any reports that it was wearing dentures though.



spudcon  Sunday Oct 31 09:23 AM

If there's confusion, send the venison to the Cellar. We'll taste it all, and let you know.



capnhowdy  Sunday Oct 31 12:45 PM

Who's heating up the grease?



Sheldonrs  Sunday Oct 31 12:47 PM

I see my plan for breeding humans with fish is working!



andcal  Sunday Oct 31 03:02 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Now looking at the photo, either Dan is one badass mo-fo, or that fish ain't even close to 49 inches. Maybe 18 or 20, tops.
Maybe it was 49 cm, which equals 19.3 inches.
I feel fairly confident in saying that they do not use inches in Europe.

andcal


Gravdigr  Sunday Oct 31 04:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by spudcon View Post
If there's confusion, send the venison to the Cellar. We'll taste it all, and let you know.
Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy View Post
Who's heating up the grease?
I'm cutting up the potatoes and onions...


Gravdigr  Sunday Oct 31 04:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
No what?
Not no. Just at a loss.


monster  Sunday Oct 31 08:46 PM

Those are my grandad's teeth!



Clodfobble  Monday Nov 1 12:15 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by andcal
Maybe it was 49 cm, which equals 19.3 inches.
I feel fairly confident in saying that they do not use inches in Europe.

andcal
Welcome back, man. We've missed you since 2007. Gotta say, though, you're making us "quantity over quality" folks look bad. Your new goal should be an average of two posts per year. Go!


Pete Zicato  Monday Nov 1 10:12 AM

Those aren't piranha teeth. These are piranha teeth:
.
.



glatt  Monday Nov 1 10:32 AM

Maybe a big one is older and has been wearing its teeth down longer.



classicman  Monday Nov 1 11:17 AM

Its most likely a Pacu. I'm not sure how he caught it though since it is a vegetarian species.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 1 04:11 PM

It could be a Pacu, he said he was fishing for Carp, so he might have been using a baitball. That's something a Pacu, especially that size, might gobble whole.



classicman  Monday Nov 1 05:00 PM

That makes infinitely more sense. I admit to not reading the article.



tulzscha  Thursday Nov 4 12:25 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
It could be a Pacu....
Definitely Pacu. And not a very big one (they get to be 60lbs or more), if somewhat out of its natural stomping grounds. Wrong head for piranha, wrong coloration for piranha, wrong size for piranha.

Oh, just one more thing... Pacu are well(?)-known for their human-like teeth.


Clodfobble  Thursday Nov 4 12:27 AM

I've always said that humans are well-known for their Pacu-like teeth. After all, evolutionarily speaking, I'm pretty sure they had them first.



classicman  Thursday Nov 4 09:48 AM

I thought it was a Pacu, but I had no idea how big they got...




Sundae  Thursday Nov 4 02:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by andcal View Post
Maybe it was 49 cm, which equals 19.3 inches.
I feel fairly confident in saying that they do not use inches in Europe.
We do in England. (I'm aware this was not caught in England, merely submitting information that might be useful to future travellers)

For example I do not know my height in centimetres, despite being brought up in the metric age. Ditto weight in kg. And we still talk about miles, although I'm more likely to use metres for smaller distances (blame athletics)

I do deal in degrees celsius though.
Just to be difficult.


Clodfobble  Thursday Nov 4 05:55 PM

Yabbut you don't talk about weight in pounds either. You use stones, ya bunch of weirdos.



ZenGum  Friday Nov 5 07:13 AM

Is that photo to scale?



HungLikeJesus  Friday Nov 5 09:50 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
Is that photo to scale?
How big is your monitor?


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Nov 5 10:11 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
Is that photo to scale?
His elbow is on is leg so he's probably holding the fish a foot and a half two two feet out, and the camera is close enough to the fish to full frame it. So no, the perspective is off.


glatt  Friday Nov 5 11:00 AM

how is he holding it with just one hand that's off center? You might assume his other hand is in back, but what could he possibly be holding onto there? There don't appear to be any fins on the sides of the fish. That picture looks all weird. Maybe he's stabbing it with a knife on the other side and holding it that way.



classicman  Friday Nov 5 11:18 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
Is that photo to scale?
nah - Old fishermans trick. Hold the fish as far in front of you as possible.
Makes the fish look ginormous.

Maybe its shopped.. Shrug...
ETA - Just google "Pacu" and look at the images... there are a ton of them.


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