CONGO – A fish that seems out of a movie is the latest Internet craze!
The goliath tigerfish makes its home in the Congo River system in Africa. The toothy, scary-looking creature looks more myth than reality and seems fit for the movie screen. The goliath tigerfish is considered Africa’s equivalent of the South American piranha.
The goliath tigerfish packs 32 razor-sharp teeth that can tear through even a solid steel wire. It has been ranked by “In Fisherman” magazine as one of the top 10 hardest-fighting freshwater fish on our planet. The fish has the scientific name of Hydrocynus Goliath and they can measure up to 2 meters in length and weigh up to 50 kg.
What makes the goliath tigerfish even more of a legend in Africa aside from its looks is the fact that it is an aggressive hunter. With it set of knives for teeth and aggressive temperament, these fish can pose a serious danger for humans. It’s best caught between dan and nightfall and is a very difficult fish to catch. A 30-40 pound goliath is considered a great catch, while 50-60 pounders would be a monster.
Piranhas have inspired various movies such as “Mega Piranha” (2010) and “Piranha 3-D” (due out in August). Perhaps the growing legend of the goliath tigerfish will inspire its own set of movies.