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Fisherman Catches Giant, Deadly Tigerfish

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Fishermen are known to exaggerate the size of their catches, but there's no need for one British fisherman to make up a story about his latest prize -- a huge, scary-looking Goliath Tigerfish.

Jeremy Wade became one of the few people in the world to ever catch the deadly fish. He snared it from the depths of Africa's Congo river.

"It is very rare to catch one, especially by an outsider because they are found in such a remote and difficult location to get to, Wade said. "There are no guides or lodges on that part of the Congo River."

The thing is five feet long and weighs 100 pounds. It has 32 razor-sharp teeth that can easily shred a human being. "It is a very dangerous fish to handle. If you aren't careful it could easily take your finger off or worse."

(Note: The fish in this photo is still alive. Wade carefully held it for a photo before tossing it back.)

Wade patiently spent eight days with his line in the water, using a big juicy catfish as bait.

"It is, for all intents and purposes, a giant piranha. It is quite a beast. The teeth on it are incredibly sharp and are about the same length as a great white shark," Wade said. "It also has an extremely powerful bite and has been known to consume prey the same size as itself, attack people and take pieces out of crocodiles."

Wade caught the fish as part of a British TV show.