The Goliath Tigerfish-The Most Dangerous Fish Of Freshwater

The Goliath Tigerfish is the largest species of tigerfish. The Goliath Tiger Fish is possibly the most terrifyingly dangerous freshwater fish in the world. It is even dangerous than the Piranha because of its enormous size. And It is also the most dangerous fish in Africa. It is native to the Congo River basin, the Lualaba River, Lake Upemba, and Lake Tanganyika in Africa.

Its scientific name is Hydrocynus Goliath and belongs to the genus Hydrocynus which contains five species known as African Tigerfish, popular for their fierce predatory behavior. It has gained a mythical reputation among anglers because of its aggressive predatory nature and strength.

Just imagine crossing a shark with a piranha this how you will describe the Goliath tigerfish at first glance.  It can measure more than 1.8 meters in length and exceed 70 kilos in weight. Its enormous mouth with 32 large teeth sharp as knives is capable of cutting its prey in half.

Each tooth can be up to one inch long. The Goliath’s teeth are set at the edge of the jaw — the monster has barely any lips. There have been numerous reports of the goliath tiger that it has attacked many humans and also killed them. The fish can easily kill a small crocodile equal to its size.

The Goliath tigerfish has an olive-colored back and a silvery underbelly. And when those teeth slam down on prey, it’s a clean, almost surgical cut.

The Goliath Tigerfish is a large and heavily built fish, with the largest specimens reaching a length of 6 feet, and 100 pounds in weight, although, there have been reports of individuals weighing 150 lbs or more.

Watch Jeremy Wade of the River Monster series catch a giant Goliath Tiger.

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