This story seemed to hit a sensitive spot with the media. Turns out, it was bogus.
A warning over the weekend for male swimmers off the coast of Denmark and Sweden to protect their private parts because of a testicle-munching fish appears to have been a joke that got out of hand.
After a Danish fisherman caught a South American pacu among his eels and perch this month, a professor at the Copenhagen Museum of Natural History told men to be careful because the fish sometimes mistake male reproductive organs for tree nuts, one of their favorite foods.
I guess this story was just too good to pass up. I saw it everywhere but it actually seemed a bit too silly to post here on DN. My gut instinct was correct. Hoax. CNN even reported it but now reports the full story. Pacus are not carnivores and human males do not act like pacu food. AND… one pacu caught does not mean any more are even there. They are not native to those waters and can’t survive the cold temperatures year round.
Tip: David Wood and Marcus Sprenkel