Deadly Catch: River monster fish which weighed more than a hundred pounds — and is deadlier than the piranha!

Most of us freak out when stories of Piranhas are brought up. We fear that these flesh eating fish more because of the films that showed us how savage these creatures can be. But did you know that there is a bigger and more dangerous fish than piranhas?

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Meet a Goliath Tigerfish which is a predatory freshwater fish. They are usually found in the Congo River Basin and Lake Tanganyika. Though they are often compared to piranhas, the Goliath Tigerfish is far more dangerous, bigger and deadlier.

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Their teeth are as ferocious as those of a great white shark—that they even eat small crocodiles. There are some reported incidents also that they actually attack humans. Locals believe that they are possessed by an evil spirit “Mbenga” that made them attack people.

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The brave host of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade was so intrigued that he decided to catch one. He set out his journey in Congo River and after eight long days of waiting, he was able to catch a 5 foot long Goliath Tigerfish which weighs more than 100 pounds.

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He added that the fish is no tench. That it is for all intents and purposes, a giant piranha and quite a beast. The teeth when shot at close range are incredibly sharp and are about the same length as the great shark itself. It has also extremely powerful bite and can rip its prey just like its size.

He admitted that it was difficult to catch, so he used a 200 pound rod and line and a huge catfish as bait. He returned it to the river, but it died due to exhaustion and its wound. He then gave it to the villagers.

So what can you say about this monster fish? Share your thoughts with us now.



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