Giant German catfish turns cannibal


German rivers water, home to the largest Cat fish in the world, easily matching up to the monstrous size of 2.5 m are becoming an increasing problem in German rivers and lakes, eating their own species amongst other larger aquatic animals in rivers now empty of all other fish.

The cannibals have gone on a rampage, as Ducks and even swans on the Isen River in Upper Bavaria have to fear for their lives, because they are being targeted by the giant fish.

Fishermen have been alarmed by the increasing number – and size – of the catfish, which have no natural predators and grow their entire lives.


“The fish are not actually known to eat members of their own species, but by now they are also doing this,” said Manfred Holzner, head of the local fisherman’s association.

Controlling their population is difficult – the fish themselves are notoriously tricky to catch, and nets are generally outlawed in the affected waters. But with the ongoing situation, powers that be could seek to new measures of containment.



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