N.C. fisherman reels in a piranha

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  1. Kronnie

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    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1120AP_ODD_Piranha_Catch.html?source=mypi

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. -- A fisherman looking to catch a catfish for dinner instead reeled in a fish that flashed its teeth and bit his knife. Jerry Melton, 46, was fishing in the Catawba River last week when he caught what state wildlife officials later identified as a piranha, a South American carnivorous fish that lives in freshwater.

    "When I got it on the bank I didn't really know what it was; I hadn't seen anything like it before," Melton said.

    When Melton opened the fish's mouth with a pocketknife, he said the fish bit down and left an impression on the blade.

    Wildlife officials told Melton on Saturday that he caught a 1 pound, 4 ounce piranha that was probably dumped in the river. Melton was fishing in Mount Holly, a town northwest of Charlotte.

    The catch highlights the growing problem of people keeping exotic animals and fish as pets and later dumping them into local waters, said Paul Barrington, an ichthyologist with the Fort Fisher Aquarium. Earlier this year, another fisherman caught a snakehead fish - also a nonnative fish - in Lake Wylie near Charlotte.

    "Releasing nonnative fish in our native waters is highly irresponsible because it could have a very adverse affect on the fish in that ecosystem," Barrington said. "Piranha and the snakehead fish have no predators in our waters."

    Jacob Rash, a North Carolina Wildlife Resources biologist, said he believes the piranha was the first caught in the Catawba River and possibly the first in the region.

    Melton, who is keeping the piranha in his freezer until he can have it mounted, said the experience will keep him out of the river's water.

    "I've been fishing there my whole life," he said. "Catching something like that is definitely going to make me think twice about what's in that water."
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    Jerry Melton holds a piranha July 2, 2007, which he recently caught in the Catawba River, in Mount Holly, N.C. The catch highlights the growing problem of people keeping exotic animals and fish as pets and later dumping them into local waters, said Paul Barrington, an ichthyologist with the Fort Fisher Aquarium. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Travis Dove)
     
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    Thats scary. Who would dump a piranha?

    I was watching I think Planet Earth on Animal Planet and they filmed like 8 piranhas all attacking one fish. It was so gross, when they were done only its bones were left.
     
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    :( Sadly these fish in a group can do the same thing to a fully grown adult human in seconds....but the good thing is on its own its a coward, it will only attack when its in with a large group...

    But they are scary assed fish ...im glad i dont live in a country where they live....just be extremly carefull dangling your legs in nc rivers ...


    Sorry to add but id say someone would have to be a complte and utter moron to drop a fish of that sort in an area where they dont exsist.
     
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    yeah I agree with you Kronnie non-native species should never be introduced, something like that in large numbers could easily wipe out an entire lake or river ecosystem because they are unopposed. It's sad but it happens. That would be one hell of a story to tell your buddies though :D
     
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    ANd that would make it highly dangerous in all the conecting rivers as well :(
     
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    Shit, I had no idea that fish like these lived in freshwater, and that's so close to home! Eeek. Just one of the millions of reasons I hate being in water that isn't crystal clear!
     
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    Some crazy people around , doing some extremly brainless things. :(