Pacu Skinnydippers: Piranha-Like Fish Eats Testicles, Scandinavians Warned To Keep Swimsuits On [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on August 13, 2013 11:08 AM EDT

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Pacu and skinnydippers should never occupy the same body of water, because the former, which has sharp, human-like teeth, will apparently bite men’s nuts off. (Photo: Picasaweb/betullablu)

Pacu and skinny-dippers don't mix, say authorities in Scandinavia. Apparently, the pacu, a fish normally found in the Amazon basin, has an appetite for men's low-hanging fruit. Because of the pacu, skinnydippers are warned to keep their swimming trunks tied tight lest their genitals become a pacu's next meal.

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According to KENS 5 News, a fisherman recently spotted pacu in the Danish-Swedish strait of Oresund, a 2.5-mile-wide strait that separates the Danish island Zelanad from the southern Swedish province of Scania. Authorities have warned those who enter the Oresund in the buff to beware the testicle-eating pacu.

"Of course it normally eats nuts, fruit, and small fish, but human testicles are just a natural target," Henrik Carl, who works for the Museum of Denmark, told The Local. "It's not normal to get your testicles bitten off, of course, but it can happen, especially now in Sweden."

According to the The Local, a number of fisherman have been killed from blood loss after their genitals were bitten off by pacu.

NPR reports that in 2011, a pacu was blamed for the deaths of two men in Papua New Guinea, where the fish is known better by its local name, the "ball cutter." There have also been reports of the pacu popping up in a lake in Illinois.

Pacu is the name given to a number of species of meat-eating fish found in the freshwaters of South America. They are related to the piranha, can weigh up to 55 pounds and reach 3 feet in length.

Unlike the piranha, which has razor-sharp teeth and a pronounced under bite, the pacu has a squarer, straighter set of chompers much like that of humans.

So what's the best way to handle the underwater emasculater? Throw it on the grill. According to Theodore Roosevelt, who led a major expedition to the Amazon jungles following his presidency, pacu make a great meal.

Should you be so lucky to catch one of these ball-busting fish, try grilling the pacu over rice with a side of lettuce, tomato, onions and plantains, and garnish with a lemon half.

Just remember, pacu love skinny-dippers, so take every precaution to keep your genitals protected. Here's a video showing what a pacu can do to a turkey leg -- now just imagine ... well, you get the idea.

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