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Congo River: The Giant Tigerfish

11/05/2012

Hydrocynus goliath, also known as the goliath tigerfish, giant tigerfish or mbenga, is a very large African predatory freshwater fish.

This large-toothed, highly predatory fish grows to a length of 1.5-meter (4.9 ft) and a weight of 50 kilograms (110 lb).

A number of incidents have been reported in The Congo of this fish attacking humans.
This reputation, combined with its strength, has earned it an almost mythical status among anglers, and it has been called the “greatest freshwater gamefish in the world.”

The giant tigerfish has been known to attack humans, especially children wading in shallow water. Attacks can be devastating, as the animal’s aggressive group hunting tactics can quickly render victims helpless.
Fatalities resulting from attacks have been recorded in several countries.

Jeremy Wade quickly poses for a pictured with the monster tigerfish. Picture: ICON/BNPS.co.uk_http://www.news.com.au/travel/world/mystical-goliath-tiger-fish-caught-on-camera/story-e6frfqai-1225941552399

Jeremy Wade quickly poses for a picture with the monster tigerfish. Picture: ICON/BNPS.co.uk

* Mystical goliath tiger fish caught on camera. After an eight-day monster battle a British fisherman has caught one of the world’s most fearsome freshwater fish.

* Don’t worry it’ll only attack you if you’re wet… meet the goliath tigerfish of the River Congo. VIDEO.

The Congo River (in the past also known as the Zaire River) is a river in Africa, and is the deepest river in the world, with measured depths in excess of 220 m (720 ft).
It is the third largest river in the world by volume of water discharged.
Additionally, its overall length of 4,700 km (2,920 mi) makes it the ninth longest river.

The Congo gets its name from the ancient Kingdom of Kongo which inhabited the lands at the mouth of the river. The Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo, both countries lying along the river’s banks, are named after it. Between 1971 and 1997 the government of then-Zaire called it the Zaire River.

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