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This Creepy Fish With Human-Like Teeth Was Found Somewhere Random

Seeing a smiling face usually brightens someone's day. But maybe not when it's from a fish with human-like teeth.


Seeing a smiling face usually brightens someone's day. But maybe not when it's from a fish with human-like teeth.

And you find it in the middle of Arizona when it's supposed to live in South America. And it's trying to bite you.

This is the creepy face that longtime fisherman Jeff Evans came across during a fishing trip at a lake in Tucson, Newsweek reported.

At first, he thought it was an Oscar fish, a normal fish that does not have a nightmare-inducing person mouth. When he saw it was a pacu fish, a relative of the piranha, he got a stronger hook to reel it in. We would have immediately gotten in the car to leave the lake forever, but that's just a personal preference.

He successfully reeled one in, but had a hard time with the pacu, warning would-be fishers that the fish are "feisty."

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"It physically tried to get me a few times ... that's all it did was try to bite," he told Newsweek. In other great news, that wasn't the only one he saw — he spotted five or six of these creepers swimming around.

Pacu fish are native to South America, and environmentalists say they were likely introduced to Arizona by — what else? — irresponsible aquarium owners dumping the fish into local waters.

Why anyone thought a piranha relative with bizarre teeth would be a good pet, we may never know.

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Arizona isn't the only state with a pacu problem, either.

Invasive species always carry the risk of harming the local ecosystem, especially if they don't have natural predators. Pacu populations don't seem to be a huge issue so far, but we feel like even one toothy fish where it doesn't belong is too many.

And wherever they live, pacu fish may want to learn the fine art of "smizing" rather than showing off those pearly whites.

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