Name that creature: Strange fish found in Tennessee River - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

Name that creature: Strange fish found in Tennessee River

Fish found at Ditto Landing (Source: Chris Brasher) Fish found at Ditto Landing (Source: Chris Brasher)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A North Alabama fisherman caught what he thought was a strange fish in the Tennessee River at Ditto Landing.

"It was really no time at all," said Chris Brasher.  "The fish took off with it and really I thought it was just a big bream. I got it in and it was a strange looking fish."

Brasher said it has teeth and doesn't look like anything he's seen in the river since he's been fishing for at least 20 years. Other people he's asked don't have a clue what it is, either.

"Most people I've talked to said it might be a peacock bass, I've gotten black crappie, and just a few different ones," he said.  "I got to looking it up online and they are leading towards and Oscar fish."

Fish experts we spoke to at PetSmart agreed.  They quickly ruled out a piranha or a pacu but said they'd have to see it in person to be sure.  

In 2008, a similar fish was caught in Lake Guntersville. It was identified as a pacu, a South American species that feeds on vegetation and is sometimes found in Lake Guntersville.

At first, anglers thought it was a piranha because the fish resembles the toothy fish. Pacu eats vegetation found in North Alabama waterways.

The Oscar fish is a species of fish also found in South America and is a popular aquarium fish in the United States. A marine biologist WAFF spoke to said that the mouth of the fish seemed inconsistent with that of the Oscar.

We're told if the fish is an Oscar, it can survive in the waters at Ditto Landing, but only in the summer months.  They said it will get too cold for the fish to survive in the winter.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

  • WAVE 3 NewsNEWSMore>>

  • Salem recovery begins after devastating flood

    Salem recovery begins after devastating flood

    Saturday, May 20 2017 11:50 PM EDT2017-05-21 03:50:09 GMT
    Salem flooding damage (Source: Jobina Fortson/ WAVE 3 News)Salem flooding damage (Source: Jobina Fortson/ WAVE 3 News)

    Business owners and volunteers were out picking up the pieces and cleaning up the mud on Saturday.

    More >>

    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - You could hear the pieces slowing being put back together in Salem early Saturday morning. Within three hours, water rose from around four to eighteen feet on the Blue River at Salem Friday night. “It was just unreal,” Bailey Sidwell said. “I just didn'

    More >>
  • Please and Thank You robbed, all stolen money recovered

    Please and Thank You robbed, all stolen money recovered

    Saturday, May 20 2017 12:53 AM EDT2017-05-20 04:53:24 GMT
    Zara Goldberg, a barista at Please and Thank You realized shortly after arriving at work that something was wrong. (Source: Jobina Fortson/ WAVE 3 News)Zara Goldberg, a barista at Please and Thank You realized shortly after arriving at work that something was wrong. (Source: Jobina Fortson/ WAVE 3 News)

    Early Thursday morning, Zara Goldberg, a barista at Please and Thank You, opened the coffee shop for the day. “The sun was already coming up so it was a little less spooky than it could have been,” Goldberg said. However, her morning routine quickly came to a halt.

    More >>

    Early Thursday morning, Zara Goldberg, a barista at Please and Thank You, opened the coffee shop for the day. “The sun was already coming up so it was a little less spooky than it could have been,” Goldberg said. However, her morning routine quickly came to a halt.

    More >>
  • 1 dead, 2 hurt in Fairdale crash

    1 dead, 2 hurt in Fairdale crash

    Monday, May 22 2017 3:20 PM EDT2017-05-22 19:20:55 GMT

    Louisville Metro police say one vehicle crossed the center line before the crash.

    More >>

    Louisville Metro police say one vehicle crossed the center line before the crash.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly