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#1    Godzillaaaa

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 05:03 AM

Around where I live there is a lake with a story of catfish bigger than a schoolbus. When the lake used to be a river, the catfish was only the size of a large rowboat and was known to attack small children swimming in the river. They built a big dam in this river, making a lake. Now he hangs by the dam sucking in food going through the little electricity gears and has grown to the size of a schoolbus. A dam inspection team supposedly was fixing a messed up gear and one of the divers was bitten in half by "a bohemeth catfish". The other members skedadled and there story is well known around these parts, though no mammoth catfish has been confirmed living in the lake.

This is just an urban legend around the lake I live around in Texas. While not bus sized, some child-eating catfish have also been reported in the Amazon river in South America. There are also stories of HUGE alligator gar in some of the rivers in Texas, which supposedly attack boats and stuff, but these stories were all told to me by my father, so I doubt they are on the internet, all exept the one about the catfish in the Amazon river.  I hope you enjoyed!


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Posted 07 January 2008 - 07:44 AM

Godzillaaaa on Jan 6 2008, 09:03 PM, said:

Around where I live there is a lake with a story of catfish bigger than a schoolbus. When the lake used to be a river, the catfish was only the size of a large rowboat and was known to attack small children swimming in the river. They built a big dam in this river, making a lake. Now he hangs by the dam sucking in food going through the little electricity gears and has grown to the size of a schoolbus. A dam inspection team supposedly was fixing a messed up gear and one of the divers was bitten in half by "a bohemeth catfish". The other members skedadled and there story is well known around these parts, though no mammoth catfish has been confirmed living in the lake.

This is just an urban legend around the lake I live around in Texas. While not bus sized, some child-eating catfish have also been reported in the Amazon river in South America. There are also stories of HUGE alligator gar in some of the rivers in Texas, which supposedly attack boats and stuff, but these stories were all told to me by my father, so I doubt they are on the internet, all exept the one about the catfish in the Amazon river.  I hope you enjoyed!


Catfish have no teeth...so the best it could have done was gum the diver. tongue.gif  Also we have the same story about the dam near here and I suspect every large body of water near children.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 08:34 AM

Fish grow massive, so for once I have to say I am not skeptical at all.

There is a giant Eel in the lagoon by which my cousins live, which is legendary to all the fisherman and basically anyone who lives nearby. There are stories of it eating people, which is almost certainly just tall tales, having battles and JUST getting away from fishermen, obviously tall tales, and the more likely stories of it being seen swimming in the shallows, or occasionally coming up to eat stuff thrown in by people.

The Giant Eel is definately true, I know that for sure. I have seen it with my own eyes on a boat trip with my cousin, swimming right next to our boat. It was truly huge. Not a true giant I guess, just really long and scary looking.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 01:49 PM

Jewels1958 on Jan 7 2008, 02:44 AM, said:

Catfish have no teeth...so the best it could have done was gum the diver. tongue.gif  Also we have the same story about the dam near here and I suspect every large body of water near children.


Catfish don't have teeth like an alligator gar per se.  However if you've ever caught a catfish while fishing and ran your fingers on the inside of it's mouth you would see that they have very small fine teeth that act almost like grinders.  With a catfish of any significant size it can and does do some damage when bitten by one.  Even a small one can rip the skin from your fingers or hand.  As far as a catfish biting a person in half..I would have to say that's stretching but hey, ya never know.  It could happen if it were big enough.


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Posted 07 January 2008 - 01:57 PM

I remember when I was a kid, my dad and I would get up about 3 in the morning and go fishing....The lake was full of catfish, and we would catch about 6, then go home and scale and cook them up for breakfast,....I used to be fascinated by their faces, and Schwing is right about their mouths....My dad made me feel the inside once, and the mouth felt like tiny nails sticking up very unpleasant....so I imagine that they could do damage, fortunately these guys were dead..... laugh.gif

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:23 PM

OK OK take it from a catfishing nut that catfish do have teeth and while not big a big sized blue catfish will shred up your hand pretty good trying to land them as I usually drag them ashore or on the boat by the lower jaw. OK and let me tell you there are no catfish of this size in any impoundment anywhere. That story of the dam inspection team is as old as the sun. Every corner of this country that I have lived in has a lake in which this story is told. Even round Valley Reservoir in New Jersey which was never stocked with anything bigger than bullheads is renowned for one of these stories. Go check out the story of the chicken truck accident here on Lake Lanier in Georgia and I can say for a fact that catfish over 25lbs do not live in this lake. This dam story cracks me up everytime I hear it. There are no schoolbus sized catfish sitting at the bottom of a lake next to a dam in 200 feet of unoxygenated water rolleyes.gif Besides the fact there is nothing to feed on in those depths that would sustane such a large fish


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Posted 07 January 2008 - 05:40 PM

I think the fish actually took the diver and shook him until he was pulled apart... Remember that he is the size of a schoolbus...


And while the catfish stories may not be true, there are alligator gar big enough to bite a dude's head off in one chomp...Just look on google image with the words "Giant Alligator Gar". Nothin too impressive for catfish though. The "maneater" turned out to be a whaleshark...

Edited by Godzillaaaa, 07 January 2008 - 05:44 PM.


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Posted 07 January 2008 - 06:27 PM

Fishermen and there stories. I have seen carp that were 6 ft long. I have seen big catfish. I have also heard of the monster catfish laying in front of Kentucky Dam that swallows divers. Not true. Being from Kentucky  any fish that size would be stuffed and mount somewhere or in a big ole skillet being fried.  grin2.gif

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 08:14 PM

schwing on Jan 7 2008, 07:49 AM, said:

Catfish don't have teeth like an alligator gar per se.  However if you've ever caught a catfish while fishing and ran your fingers on the inside of it's mouth you would see that they have very small fine teeth that act almost like grinders.  With a catfish of any significant size it can and does do some damage when bitten by one.  Even a small one can rip the skin from your fingers or hand.  As far as a catfish biting a person in half..I would have to say that's stretching but hey, ya never know.  It could happen if it were big enough.

With few exceptions, most fish swallow their prey whole, just as a frog, and their teeth are designed to hold prey trying to excape.  A catfish would only attack a person if it thought it could swallow the person whole.  Some exceptions are sharks and phirana, but even these swallow smaller prey whole.  It is inefficient for carnivore to tear prey appart, as much will be lost to scavengers.




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Posted 10 May 2009 - 01:43 AM

Well, supporting neither side really, I would first like to point out that the main reason a catfish could not grow that long is because a catfish could not live that long. Whenever a catfish reaches sexual maturity, it's energy in growth is transferred to energy in reproduction. (I think. I know this is true of gars, I'm thinking all fish. Check for yourself.) Second, the food; A catfish the siz of a schoolbus could eat striped bass, gar and - get this - catfish. Ordinarily, catfish are scavengers, but when you're that big, I don't think you care too much. Third, the story of the divers checking on the dam would be easily made up. Why? Because I am writing a book on catfish, and that was the first thing I thought of. I'm thinking about changing it now. Oh, and the teeth... Catfish have bristle-teeth, but at the size of the catfish in my book - 62 feet - the teeth are more like a carpet of short needles. And the jaws just crush their prey to death, not chew. So the prey is stuck, wounded, smashed, but still in one piece. This is because catfish would swallow you wholllle...


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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:04 AM

i hate gar's, they look like huge gigantic barracuda's
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i doubt a catfish would grow that big though, considering everything that we know about catfish


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Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:02 AM

It all just sounds like a story to keep little kids from playing in the lake to me...

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:32 PM

I think catfish do grow toa size of a table.


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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:52 PM

Godzillaaaa on Jan 7 2008, 05:03 AM, said:

Around where I live there is a lake with a story of catfish bigger than a schoolbus. When the lake used to be a river, the catfish was only the size of a large rowboat and was known to attack small children swimming in the river. They built a big dam in this river, making a lake. Now he hangs by the dam sucking in food going through the little electricity gears and has grown to the size of a schoolbus. A dam inspection team supposedly was fixing a messed up gear and one of the divers was bitten in half by "a bohemeth catfish". The other members skedadled and there story is well known around these parts, though no mammoth catfish has been confirmed living in the lake.

This is just an urban legend around the lake I live around in Texas. While not bus sized, some child-eating catfish have also been reported in the Amazon river in South America. There are also stories of HUGE alligator gar in some of the rivers in Texas, which supposedly attack boats and stuff, but these stories were all told to me by my father, so I doubt they are on the internet, all exept the one about the catfish in the Amazon river.  I hope you enjoyed!


If it was the size of a school bus then the diver would have been swallowed whole instead of bitten in half.


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Posted 11 May 2009 - 12:24 AM

ive always been afraid of deep waters...4 this exact reason....fish can grow to monstrous sizes...just depends on the ecosystem and things like this can always happen...because the dam was built it sounds like a likely story...b careful!!!!

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