River Vampire Fish, Yes it’s real #AtoZChallenge

This is part of the A-to-Z blog challenge for April. My theme is legends and legendary creatures (both real and fiction). I hope you enjoy following along!

Vampire Fish

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It’s official name is Payara, but many like to refer to it as a vampire fish because of…well, I think it’s pretty obvious. 😉
(above is a photo from the TV series River Monsters)

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This predatory fish is found in the Amazon Basin. You can see the two long fangs protruding from its lower jaw: These fangs can be 4-6 inches long and are kept in pockets in the skull. Payaras themselves can reach a length of 4 ft and a weight of 17.8 kg (39 lb).

Here’s a video where one man sets out to catch one of these fish (fast forward to 5:00 to see the vampire fish he finds!):

Do you like to fish?
Would you be brave enough to fish for this monster?

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7 thoughts on “River Vampire Fish, Yes it’s real #AtoZChallenge

  1. At first I was thinking of the piranha, since it comes from the same part of the world. But then I Googled “payara” and realized it’s a whole other fish.

    Hmmm… I wonder what would happen if you put a piranha and a payara in the same pond… Or maybe I’d regret thinking that. :S

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  2. Geez! Those are the biggest teeth I’ve ever seen on a fish! It’s even more vicious looking than a pike or a barracuda and that’s saying something.


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