Never Swim in the Congo: Goliath Tigerfish


goliath tigerfishimage credit: animal.discovery.com

goliath tigerfishimage credit: animal.discovery.com

goliath tigerfishimage credit: animal.discovery.com

goliath tigerfishimage credit: snipsly.com

goliath tigerfishimage credit: animal.discovery.com
Habitat: Congo River in Africa
Status: No conservation concerns

Growing up to 5 feet and length and weighing in at over 150 pounds, the Goliath Tigerfish makes a piranha look like a guppy in comparison to this ferocious beast. Locals say it’s the only fish that doesn’t fear the crocodile, and will even devour some of the smaller ones! In rare instances, it’s also been known to attack humans. *Gulp*

As if 32 teeth the size of a Great White Shark’s weren’t scary enough, this fish has incredible eyesight in murky water and can sense low-frequency vibrations emitted by prey. It has been observed going after 60 pound catfish and literally slicing them in half.

Check out this clip from the Discovery Channel’s “River Monsters” where professional angler Jeremy Wade lands the fish after quite a struggle:

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16941846553980567347 Tricia

    *shuddering*

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how it would taste

  • Anonymous

    awesome fish !!!

  • Anonymous

    I would shit myself silly if I saw that thing in the wild.

  • http://deepsea-creatures.blogspot.com mary@creepy sea creatures

    That fish is so scary and it look mysterious.We should always be observant when we are in the sea because sometimes its dangerous,like that fish. Totally your site is very impressive!

  • Iva

    Wow…

  • Anonymous

    O.O Those are some big teeth…

  • Thomas Geegee

    yea the fish looks scary but if it saw bear grylls it would shit bricks