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galadrion
Oct. 9th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Check out Snopes for "giant catfish": they don't (yet) have anything on this particular story, but there are a few stories that sound fairly close. Mostly, they're either unconfirmed or outright debunked.

As an occasional "noodler", I have to say I find the idea of a catfish, even a supposed three-meter one, going after a swimmer doubtful - and a person in reasonable health would be able to fend it off pretty easily if it did decide to try. But catfish are, for the most part, scavengers; they don't go after live prey as a general rule. Furthermore, their mouth structure isn't particularly suited for taking apart a human-sized meal; they generally have to wait for decomposition to soften things up first. So such a catfish would have to pretty much swallow a person in one piece - a fairly indigestible lump, considering the person is around two-thirds the fish's size!

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