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Humans scoffed by mutant fish
The Sun ^ | Oct. 9, 2008 | EMMA COX

Posted on 10/09/2008 8:23:19 AM PDT by walford

A FEARSOME mutant fish has started killing people after feeding on human corpses, scientists fear.

They reckon that a huge type of catfish, called a goonch, may have developed a taste for flesh in an Indian river where bodies are dumped after funerals.

Locals have believed for years that a mysterious monster lurks in the water. But they think it has moved on from scavenging to snatching unwary bathers who venture into the Great Kali, which flows along the India-Nepal border.

The extraordinary creature has been investigated by biologist Jeremy Wade for a TV documentary to be shown on Five.

He said: “The locals have told me of a theory that this monster has grown extra large on a diet of partially burnt corpses. It has perhaps got this taste for flesh by feasting on remains of funeral pyres. There will be a few freak individuals that grow bigger than the other ones and if you throw in extra food, they will grow even bigger.”

Jeremy discounted theories that crocodiles could be responsible for the carnage before turning his attention to goonches – among the world’s biggest freshwater fish.

Dragged

He caught one which tipped the scales at 161lb and was nearly 6ft long – a world record weight and far bigger than any landed before.

He said: “If that got hold of you, there’d be no getting away.

An 18-year-old Nepali disappeared in the river last year, dragged down by something described as like an “elongated pig”.

But the first victim of a goonch attack was thought to have been a 17-year-old Nepalese boy.

He was killed in April 1988 as he cooled himself in the river.

Witnesses said he was suddenly pulled below the surface.

Three months later a young boy was dragged underwater as his father watched helplessly.

Five’s Nature Shock series starts on October 14 and Flesh Eating River Monster is on October 21 at 8pm.


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: callingartbell; catfish; environment; evolution; genetics; goonch; hubris; india
Here is why this is not just a news of the weird story to me and why I think Freepers would be interested:

Guess what folks, we are still not so smart nor technologically advanced as to be exempt from Nature's Laws. If you create a food source, an organism will adapt to exploit it.

If you dump human flesh in sufficient quantities and with sufficient regularity in a place that is accessible to animals, you will genetically engineer a new predator. If you hunt down the predator, but still keep dumping bodies, a new one will emerge.

If you engage in behavior that makes it so an otherwise localized microbe will spread through the population, it will become an epidemic as you have genetically engineered a new plague. If you 'cure' the disease and resume the promiscuity, a new disease will emerge.

We still don't run things around here.

1 posted on 10/09/2008 8:23:19 AM PDT by walford
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To: walford
We still don't run things around here.

It's not Bush's fault?

2 posted on 10/09/2008 8:25:26 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (I ain't gonna quit until I'm laid in my tomb and even then they better shut it tight.)
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To: walford

Is this the same goonche who stole Christmas?


3 posted on 10/09/2008 8:27:18 AM PDT by Eddie01
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To: ClearCase_guy
Looks like Michele Obama:
4 posted on 10/09/2008 8:27:58 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Bomb, Bomb. Bomb! Bomb bomb Iran! Bomb. Bomb. Bomb! Bomb bomb Iran!)
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To: walford

5 posted on 10/09/2008 8:28:05 AM PDT by BGHater (The GOP, the new DNC.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Well, yes, it is still all Bush's fault.

Just a little less in some cases than others.

6 posted on 10/09/2008 8:28:25 AM PDT by wbill
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To: walford

“Guess what liberals, we are still not so smart nor technologically advanced as to be exempt from Nature’s Laws. If you create a new government program, an interest group will adapt to exploit it.

If you dump money in sufficient quantities and with sufficient regularity in a place that is accessible to freeloaders, you will genetically engineer a new dependent person. If you hunt down the freeloaders, but still keep dumping money, a new one will emerge.

If you engage in behavior that makes it so an otherwise localized microbe will spread through the population, it will become an epidemic as you have genetically engineered a new plague. If you ‘cure’ the disease and resume the promiscuity, a new disease will emerge.

We still don’t run things around here.”


7 posted on 10/09/2008 8:28:59 AM PDT by DiogenesLaertius
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To: walford
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8 posted on 10/09/2008 8:29:07 AM PDT by ZX12R
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To: Eddie01

9 posted on 10/09/2008 8:29:09 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Bomb, Bomb. Bomb! Bomb bomb Iran! Bomb. Bomb. Bomb! Bomb bomb Iran!)
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To: walford

They caught it!

10 posted on 10/09/2008 8:30:34 AM PDT by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: walford

Wasn’t the Kali the human sacrifice God in the Beatle’s movie “Help”?

I would think the human waste sewage in most Indian rivers would kill you first before a giant fish.


11 posted on 10/09/2008 8:30:38 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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To: walford

Do I REALLY need to post the obligatory picture?


12 posted on 10/09/2008 8:32:04 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Sarah Palin smash Hulk!)
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To: walford

If ever there was a thread that cried out for a pic of Helen Thomas or Janet Reno, this is it.

Even so, please resist the urge. It would be The Wrong Thing To Do.


13 posted on 10/09/2008 8:32:20 AM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: savedbygrace

You read my mind


14 posted on 10/09/2008 8:32:56 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Sarah Palin smash Hulk!)
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To: walford

15 posted on 10/09/2008 8:33:28 AM PDT by Joiseydude (Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,)
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To: walford

16 posted on 10/09/2008 8:34:52 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: dragonblustar

Crypto ping?


17 posted on 10/09/2008 8:36:12 AM PDT by beezdotcom
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To: walford

“You will get more of whatever you subsidize.”

That’s damn near a universal law.


18 posted on 10/09/2008 8:36:12 AM PDT by Noumenon (Time for Atlas to shrug - and to pick up a gun)
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To: walford
You're a mean one
Mr. Goonch...
19 posted on 10/09/2008 8:36:16 AM PDT by uglybiker (1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d 2 g3t l41d)
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To: walford

Do they taste like pork?


20 posted on 10/09/2008 8:36:41 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Yo-Yo

21 posted on 10/09/2008 8:38:06 AM PDT by samson1097
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To: walford

Hairless Beach Apes; It’s what’s for Dinner.


22 posted on 10/09/2008 8:39:11 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: walford
Man! First the candirú! Then the allghoi! Now the goonch!

It's enough to turn you against nature and make you hide under the bed. I'm going to have to stop reading FR posts.

23 posted on 10/09/2008 8:44:48 AM PDT by Savage Beast (The "Mainstream Newsmedia" is sickeningly corrupt and dangerously mendacious.)
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To: walford

Excellent points. There have been some amazing giant catfish stories on FR over the years.


24 posted on 10/09/2008 8:54:43 AM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: Savage Beast

a few years ago an underwater engineer told me they can’t get anyone to dive and service the base of Hoover Dam anymore on account of sturgeon the size of “VW’s” banging against the wall trying to migrate downstream...


25 posted on 10/09/2008 9:00:17 AM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: Joiseydude

Note to self - abandon noodling.


26 posted on 10/09/2008 9:06:30 AM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Westlander

Ditto.

Although My Crazy Uncles would still think about it...

With enough Duct take and welding gloves....


27 posted on 10/09/2008 9:13:18 AM PDT by Explodo (Pessimism is simply pattern recognition)
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To: Republicus2001
Like this one? (This huge sturgeon was caught on the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. According to information on Len's Sport Fishing Adventures website, the photograph was taken during a 2005 fishing expedition and was at the time the "Largest Fresh Water Fish caught by a British Subject". The expedition was led by Curtis Besse.)
28 posted on 10/09/2008 9:18:46 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Bomb, Bomb. Bomb! Bomb bomb Iran! Bomb. Bomb. Bomb! Bomb bomb Iran!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Catastrophic!


29 posted on 10/09/2008 9:43:37 AM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: walford

I’m thinking of upgrading to 15-lb test line for that baby.


30 posted on 10/09/2008 9:51:50 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Republicus2001
Almost the same story here in western PA. Legend has it that the locks along the Monongahela River,which are maintained by the Army Engineers,need cleaning and inspecting by divers. The story goes there are 8 foot catfish down there. Since the steel mills along the river have shut down the Muskies have returned,and there are some big ones!
31 posted on 10/09/2008 9:51:57 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Want to be lied to? Turn on your TV.)
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To: DiogenesLaertius

Brilliant!!


32 posted on 10/09/2008 10:03:28 AM PDT by walford (http://the-big-pic.org)
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To: Justice Department; chae; chargers fan; NellieMae; Rocketwolf68; NCBraveheart; ...
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If you would like to be On of Off the Crypto ping list, please let me know.

Thanks, Dragonblustar

33 posted on 10/09/2008 12:12:21 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: beezdotcom

Thanks for the heads up!


34 posted on 10/09/2008 12:13:28 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: walford

35 posted on 10/09/2008 1:24:12 PM PDT by Ha Ha Thats Very Logical
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To: Fractal Trader

This problem is off the scales!


36 posted on 10/09/2008 6:23:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Ha Ha Thats Very Logical

Wow.....Bruce Boxleitner really needs a new agent.


37 posted on 10/09/2008 6:33:08 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: walford

For the record, the piece indicates the catfish scoffed bodies.

I think the word should be scarfed. As in “The fish scarfed up the dead ones”


38 posted on 10/09/2008 6:40:32 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Off With her head.....)
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To: walford

39 posted on 10/09/2008 6:48:16 PM PDT by bdeaner
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To: Republicus2001

But think of the caviar... There’s always a silver lining.


40 posted on 10/10/2008 7:23:26 AM PDT by Savage Beast (The "Mainstream Newsmedia" is sickeningly corrupt and dangerously mendacious.)
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