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Most dangerous fish in the Amazon

With great beauty comes great danger! You can understand the inner meaning of this famous quote if visit the Amazon.

Amazon, a tropical paradise full of the mind-blowing natural scene on the heart of mother earth. It’s the largest rainforest (represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests)  of the world with an area of 5,500,000 km2.

This region includes territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.

It’s so rich in biodiversity that it consists 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species, 2,200 fishes, 1,294 birds, 427 mammals, 428 amphibians, and 378 reptiles have been scientifically classified in the region. Imagine how vast realm it is!

Enough boring talks, now let’s talk about the monsters of Amazon that lying under water. You will find some of the most dangerous fishes of the world in the river of Amazon, it’s full of surprises and danger! A single mistake can be deadly in this Amazon rivers.

In this blog, find out some of the deadliest fish in the Amazon! Let’s start the countdown!

6.Goonch fish


Lemme tell you about a man-eater now, Goonch fish is probably the most deadly predators among the catfish family. Yup the catfishes are carnivorous and prefer small to medium-sized fishes on their diet list. But this one? It hunts human and tears apart with its shark-like teeth! If any living creature got itself in a Goonch fish’s range, that’s the sad ending of it!

Bagarius yarrelli, in other words, the giant devil catfish or goonch, is a very large species of catfish in the genus Bagarius found in rivers in South Asia. many people claimed that it also is seen in Southeast Asia, though that could be a separate species. This cheeky hunters almost looks the same. These giants reach up to 2 m (6.6 ft) in length and weigh over 200 pounds, some even cross 7 feet. That’s almost the size of Andre the giant! Insane isn’t it?

The goonch fish was a myth until the legendary British biologist and angler Jeremy Wade puts his attention on. After a tiring war, he landed a 7 feet Goonch fish weighs 160 lb, a size of a grown man! And then he told that ”yes, goonch fish does exist”! With the big mouth and large sharp teeth like a shark, it’s a threat for local mankind. The Kali River goonch attacks were a series of fatal attacks on humans claimed to be perpetrated by man-eating goonch catfish in three villages on the banks of the Kali River in Nepal and India, these incidents happened between the year 1998 and 2007. Well, now you know why it grabbed our attention.

5. Bull shark


Got you! Did you think that sharks only belongs to the sea? Well, you are wrong my friends. In fact, the bull shark is the only species that can move frequently between saltwater and freshwater since it can tolerate a wide fluctuation of salinity.

History says us that, in the year 1916 there were several people killed by sharks off new jersey in a span of two weeks. People accused the great white shark at first, but shockingly one of the attacks took place more than 10 miles up a river, a freshwater! A great white shark never crossed that far from saltwater. That almost assured that it was a bull shark attacking in the freshwater.

The bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas), also known as the Zambezi shark (or “zambi”) in Africa, bull shark is known for its aggressive nature, and presence in warm, shallow brackish and freshwater systems including estuaries and rivers. They have been known to travel up the Mississippi River as far as Alton, Illinois, about 700 miles (1100 km) from the ocean.

The bull shark can be upsized up to 81 cm (2.66 ft) in length at an early stage of their life. The size of adult female bull sharks average 2.4 m (7.9 ft) long and typically weigh 130 kg (290 lb), whereas the slightly smaller adult male averages 2.25 m (7.4 ft) and 95 kg (209 lb). While a maximum size of 3.5 m (11 ft) is known so fat, a single record exists of a female specimen of exactly 4.0 m (13.1 ft).

4. Candiru


One of the other terrifying fish in the Amazon is the candiru. I like to call them the assassin of the water! Cause they are the silent killer of Amazon. This habit is parasitic catfish live in the freshwater lakes and rivers and are famous for their ability to launch themselves into the area of anyone.

Candiru (Vandellia cirrhosa), also known as cañero, toothpick fish, or vampire fish, is a species of parasitic freshwater catfish in the family Trichomycteridae. it’s native to the Amazon Basin where it is found in the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The candiru species have been known to grow to a size of 40 centimeters (16 in) in length, others are considerably smaller. There is this disguisting habit of this fish! Lemme tell you, pissing in the water ofAmazonn river is a bad idea! Why?

They may be famous for their furiousness but the evidence for them hunting people and even doing this at all is very thin because they have to launch themselves into the urethra of anyone, that stupidity urinates in the river. In actual facts, the fish prefer to prey on other fish by attaching themselves to the fish gills and feeding on their host’s blood.

3. The arapaima


It’s highly unlikely that you will catch one of these beasts, but nevertheless the arapaima also known as the pirarucu or paiche. It’s a huge carnivorous fish that can be found in the Amazon river and it’s surrounding lakes. Thankfully this prehistoric looking giant fish prefers to pra on other fish and birds, not the humans. That’s a relief, isn’t it?

The arapaimas are such effective predators that can even survive in piranha-infested water. If you don’t manage to reel on in and you have a chance to see the fish swimming. The monster can reach feet long and weigh up to 200 lbs and are the worlds largest freshwater fish.

2.Red-bellied Piranha


You probably must hear the name of this movie star! That Hollywood movie “Piranha” made this savage fish more famous to the world. Possibly piranha is the most gruesome, famous and feared sea creature of the Amazon! It acts like a bad dream for the native people. The fish are primarily scavengers, they can grow up to 12 inches long and usually travel in schools.

They have famous gnashers means they are able to consume most prey easily, however, the feeding monster often is shown in Hollywood movies that act like a horrible creature and stripping its prey down to the bones in a blink of an eye. You may find piranha a pretty one, but when they attack it proves how ferocious they are!

There are some shocking facts about piranha which I’m sure of the people don’t know actually. Piranha doesn’t show much interest in living or uninjured things. They are kind of similar to the shark in nature, addicted to blood! Red-bellied piranha inhabits in Marky and silty water in Amazon, the vision doesn’t help a lot.

But they are very sensitive to blood when an injured or dead thing catches their sense, that’s the end of it! It will attack in school and eat all the meat from the bone in minutes. A single piranha starts biting which trigger the whole school will get into action.

1. Electric eel


Electric eel! Yup carrying the reputation of the name, they do produce electricity as a self-defense weapon and catch prey. The electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) is a South American electric fish and the only species in its genus. Despite the name, it’s not a typical eel but rather a knifefish (closer to carp and catfish).

These air breathers like to inhabit in the swamps and creeks around the Amazon, they can grow up to 8.2 feet/ 2.5 meters and weigh up to 44 lbs/ 20 kgs. They have this long and soft anal fins to move, the amazing part is their body contains roughly 6000 specialized cells called electrocytes which can produce up to 600-volt electricity, even a 900-volt of electricity is recorded! That’s more than enough to stop a human heart!

It’s ok to be scared when you deal with this fish face to face. These are the most deadly creatures exists in the water of Amazon. There is so much interesting stuff to say about this fishes, they have a very tiny pair of an eye which is not much of a use, besides the murky water of Amazon is not good for sight. But how wonderful! What they do is release a low 10-volt of electricity around them to trace any presence, when any prey is near the range they stun it with the high volt shocks and suck them.

Lastly, folks, if you dare to catch this river monsters of Amazon you better not do it in bare hand and foot. Must wear some rubber boots and gloves, or you can find yourself dead by a huge amount of shock. It can even stun a crocodile by continuous electric shock, now imagine how powerful and dangerous they are!


Nicholi Wyto

Hey I'm Nicholi Wyto is a professional sports fisherman and hunter, love to enjoy spending time in Michigan’s rugged northern forests. I love to explore my experience and help others who are interested in fishing and hunting.

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