A fish with a head full of human teeth has been found in a Russian river.
50-year-old Aleks Korobov, who is a seasoned angler, landed the fish on the Northern Dvina River, which is located in the north-west area of Russia’s Arkhangelsk Oblasa district. At first, Korobov just assumed that is was normal, but when he opened up the fish’s mouth he found that it appeared to have a full set of human teeth inside.
“It was already dead but when I picked it up and smelt it, I could tell it was fresh. I then opened its gills which were nice and red but I noticed the mouth wasn’t right for a bream and when I opened it I nearly dropped the thing in surprise. Inside were a load of human teeth.”
Instead of taking his finding immediately to a scientist, Aleks instead rushed to the pub where he showed his drinking pals what he had found. Unfortunately they assumed that Aleks had been drinking, and that he was actually just making things up.
But when he slammed it down in front of them they couldn’t believe what he was presenting them. His friend, 60-year-old, Anton Efimov, has admitted that it was quite a huge shock when Aleks showed it to them.
“We know Aleks can tell some tall tales but when he came in and said he had a fish with human teeth we thought he’d certainly been drinking. But then he got it out and we were totally shocked. None of us had ever seen anything like it in our lives.”
Aleks then finally got in contact with the Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, and they then carried out an examination on the corpse of the fish. An expert at the institute, Gennady Dvorykankin, was then able to find out how the fish got the teeth.
“We had to do an autopsy and carry out a series of examinations to determine the species and an explanation for the teeth. We are convinced it is a member of the Piranha family, and that it is a herbivore piranha, not one of the meat eating ones you see in films. It is very unlikely that it made its way from its natural tropical waters to our Arctic and then into the river so we can only assume it was dumped by an owner of exotic fish,”
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