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Fish with human teeth discovered in Russia

Fish with human teeth is probably a herbivorous piranha, scientists said.

By Danielle Haynes

ARKHANGELSK, Russia, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A fish with human teeth caught by a fisherman in Russia is likely a strange piranha, scientists said.

The fisherman, Alexander Korobov, said he found an unusual creature while fishing in Arkhangelsk.

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"I took it in my hands and smelled it. It seemed to be fresh. I opened the gills — they were red. Yet, the mouth did not look like the mouth of a bream. I opened its mouth and was horrified to see human-like teeth in there. I got scared a bit," he said.

Korobov took the fish to a local department of fishery, where Andrey Rumyantsev, senior inspector of the Department of State Control and Protection of Water Resources of the Arkhangelsk region, said he also had difficulty identifying the animal.

"The fish looks like a bream, but the scales of it and the presence of adipose fin makes it look like salmon. Yet, salmon can not be the size of bream. The teeth of the fish looked like human. This fish is not from our region," he said.

Meanwhile, experts at the Institute of Fishery and Oceanography, said they think it's a piranha.

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"This is a piranha, but the fact is that there are more than 90 species of piranhas. This fish is a herbivorous piranha," a scientist told Pravda

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