Local group attempts to capture a chupacabra of the water in Brazil (More)

I have no idea what this is other than a monster I have not heard of before. So, COOL!

Group pays $ 1,000 to ‘human bait’ to try to capture Caboclo D’Água.

The Acam (Association of Hunters Haunt Mariana) is offering £ 1,000 for any who are willing to serve as bait in a cage in an attempt to capture the creature called “Caboclo D’Água. The monster, which, according to the association, has been conducting attacks in the region for years, is described as a mix of chicken, lizard and monkey. At least four deaths are attributed to the creature as well as several attacks on farm animals and sites.

The most recent death, most horribly, is reported as “a boy whose testicles were pulled by a toothed beast while the victim was swimming in a river in the region”.

In their attempt to capture the creature, the human bait (three people have said to have volunteered for the job) will be near the edge of the river with only the lower part submerged . The man will have a goat in the cage as well since it appears the Caboclo likes goats.

The Acam is a paranormal group who establish guidelines for hunting supernatural beings.


Hmm, never heard of this critter but it sounds familiar – a goat sucker. The Chupacabra, a vampire-like monster.

From the Portuguese wikipedia, I find that the monster is described as stocky and muscular with tan skin and one big eye. It’s fast in the water but can move about on land, but not far from the São Francisco River. If the fishermen give the monster a treat, he helps with better fishing results. It’s not clear how.

Here is a depiction.

caboclo d'aguas

caboclo d’aguas

Caboclo is a word meaning of mixed decent or “derived of the white”.

Any additional info on this creature is welcome.

UPDATE (8-May-2013): Some locals think that damming of the Ribeirao do Carmo is the cause of the attacks but the stories of encounters with the Water Caboclo have been around for 60 years. That’s not really that old. But it seems well known and getting MORE well know as this creates interest around the internet.

The creature is already known by everyone in the region due to ferocity. The teeth and nails can cause major damage, explains Mucci Kfouri butcher who claims to have seen the Indian more than once. “The animal is brutal, it is very sinister. It pierces the animal’s belly and eats the guts inside the head too. And suck the blood, but leaves the meat, “he said. Two years ago he saw an ox doing banquet. “There is always that it attacks, but every two months or once a month is something strange going on,” he said.

There is still dispute over whether the creature is supernatural or flesh and blood.

  8 comments for “Local group attempts to capture a chupacabra of the water in Brazil (More)

  1. spookyparadigm
    May 6, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Caboclo is vaguely similar to the term “ladino” or “mestizo” sort of, in Central America. A person with brown skin and Amerindian features who lives in the countryside, and especially if they speak an indigenous language, would be an indio. Someone who looks like them, lives in a more urban area, wears more western clothes, and speaks Portuguese would be a caboclo.

    How that gets tied into a river monster I have no idea. I assumed this would be about the shapeshifting dolphins of the Amazon.

  2. May 6, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    «The most recent death, most horribly, is reported as “a boy whose testicles were pulled by a toothed beast while the victim was swimming in a river in the region”.»

    There was a River Monsters episode a while back dealing with the ball cutter fish in Papua-New Guinea which was claimed to be the red bellied Pacu (Colossoma macropomum?) from the Amazon which was introduced into the Sepik River there for aquaculture purposes.

    See http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/river-monsters/videos/how-to-catch-a-pacu.htm

  3. Nos482
    May 6, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Looks like a skinned Gremlin Oo

  4. May 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    well sure, heck I’ll do anything for a buck. Does this include airfare?

  5. May 8, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Looks like there is a brief follow-up story on this group and their hunt for the alleged creature; with some new photos and a bit of updated information.


  6. May 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Here’s an interesting little bit of information Sharon.

    I’d been continuing to look for potential, rational, explanations for some of the information contained in the Caboclo d’Agua articles, and I’d come across this bit of information, which could possibly explain the trauma reported in subsection of the story where the boy had been killed.

    In Papua New Guinea, according to British fisherman Jeremy Wade (of the TV show ‘Rivers Monsters’ fame), the pacu is known as the “ball cutter.” In 2011, Wade said locals informed him that two fisherman had died from blood loss after something in the water had bitten off their testicles.

    “The locals told me that this thing was like a human in the water, biting at the testicles of fishermen,” Wade said.

    Though pacus are native to the Amazon Basin, they were released into Papua New Guinea waters in the 1990s as part of an initiative to boost fisheries.

    It also appears that the fish are extremely robust, having been cited in various news articles as having been found in Illinois, Wyoming, and Papau New Guinea as well as their native Amazon region.

    Source URLs:
    Original (2001) news article



  7. May 10, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Oops, I’d failed to catch the post by August Pamplona, who beat me to the Pacu lead. Good call.

  8. DrMeatwadPhD
    May 17, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    The Pacu can survive in North American waters like the Sacramento river where a girl and her uncle had toes bit off(mid-late 1980’s). A search of the area found two small (8″ or so) Pacus, and our local news reader on the tellie said “the experts say these fish are vegetarians and there is nothing to be concerned about”. Well I had to call her up and inform her of her own words the few days prior, “they ate two peoples toes”. [removed – editor]

    The two Pacus I had, could chomp a FROZEN pinky rat in half with the back half untouched as far as it’s slow sinking went. Then I saw the teeth for the first time. Mine were 15″ and 18″ by the time I found someone to take them from me, as I was heading out to work on the road and unable to care for the fish anymore. I do miss those two. I would pet them after feeding them,,, that was until after seeing their teeth go through a frozen solid baby rat.

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