Wikimedia Commons The candiru fish, in an drawing. Of all of the beasts that prowl the Amazon , none is more feared by the locals than the candiru. A river monster feared even above the dreaded piranha; the candiru waits for its unsuspecting prey to step into the river before latching onto it. This little fishy packs a punch.
Would the candiru fish really eat your genitals?
Candiru - Wikipedia
The Amazon Basin harbors an amazing amount of biodiversity. Here, freshwater dolphins and bull sharks make their home with vicious piranha and mammoth anacondas and a plethora of other species. Covering some 7 million square kilometers 2. Case in point: The Candiru.
Fact or Fiction? The Urethra Invading Candiru Fish
Among the many legends of strange, dangerous creatures that haunt the Amazon, the story of the Candiru fish stands out. The Candiru fish Vandellia cirrhosa is a small catfish purported to enter the, ahem, intimate orifices of unfortunate people who urinate into Amazonian waterways. Supposedly, the fish mistakes urine for water expelled from the gills of marine life. To the extreme agony of the unlucky person, the Candiru swims up… into their genitals.
If you're going to travel to the Amazon area, you could be taken by surprise by the fact that it's not piranha the one that causes dread amongst locals. Nor the terrible electric eel, or other monstrous fishes or the powerful black cayman. The real fear of bathing into the river is caused by a fish not longer than 17 cm 7 inch and just mm wide. This fish looks like an eel larvae, being almost completely transparent, and impossible to see in clear water, not to mention the turbid water of the Amazon. When resting, candiru stays buried in muddy bottoms.