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Animal Folklore: Fish / Aquatic Life

Attack of the Frankenfish!
Variously described "alien monsters," "the stuff of nightmares," and "something from a bad horror movie," the northern snakehead fish rears its ugly head in North America.

Catfish Eats Basketball (Photos)
Emailed photos show a flathead catfish with a child's basketball stuck in its mouth.

Crustacean Sex
Woman has sex with lobster, gives birth to mud shrimp, dies. R-rated Netlore from a source unknown.

Deep-Sea Creatures Washed Up by Tsunami (Photos)
Set of emailed images purports to show rare deep-sea creatures washed up on the beaches of Phuket, Thailand by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004.

The Dread Candiru
Dear Guide: Our Scoutmasters always insisted that there were small, parasitic fish in some rivers (particularly the Amazon) that could swim up the urine stream and get inside you...

The Exploding Whale
What would you do with a dead, stinky beached whale too big to move by ordinary means? Here's one town's legendary solution.

Fish Contaminated with Deadly 'Zulican' Virus After Tsunami (Photos)
Text messages and forwarded emails warn Asian consumers to avoid eating seafood because fish killed by the Indian Ocean tsunami are supposedly infected with a deadly virus called 'Zulican.'

Freaky Fish Found on a Tampa Bay Beach (Photos)
Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Giant Catfish Caught in Lake Texoma, TX (Photo)
Emailed photo - apparently real - of a huge, 140-pound catfish supposedly caught in Lake Texoma, Texas.

Giant Coconut Crab (Photos)
Emailed photos of gargantuan specimens of Birgus latro - the coconut crab, named for its preferred diet of fallen coconuts and said to be the world's largest land-dwelling arthropod.

Giant Squid Found in California
Satirical "news story" claims a 160-foot-long giant squid washed ashore in California and is believed to have come from waters near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan.

Humpback Whale and Kayaker (Photo)
Viral image purports to show a man kayaking between the open jaws of a breaching humpback whale in Sitka Sound, Alaska.

Humpback Whale Rescued by Divers
Forwarded email recounts the true story of the rescue of a female humpback whale trapped in a web of crab lines in the Pacific Ocean near the Farallon Islands.

Man-Eating Catfish of Furong Reservoir (Photos)
Emailed photos purport to show a giant, man-eating catfish caught in the Furong Reservoir of Huadu, China.

Pensacola Shark Attack - The 'Untold Story'
Bogus email rumor claims the July 2001 shark attack on 8-year-old Jesse Arbogast in Florida was caused by his uncle, who supposedly was shark fishing at the time.

Pig Fish
Circulating via email and social media, an "amazing photo" of a fish with a pig snout. No such creature exists in the real world.

Pink Dolphin (Photos)
Emailed pictures of an extremely rare albino dolphin with red eyes and pink skin taken on Calcasieu Lake, Louisiana.

Piranha on Steroids (Photos)
Emailed pictures of fishermen holding a large fish with a mouthful of razor-sharp teeth, variously captioned: "Piranha on Steroids" or "World Record Piranha."

Shark Attacks Helicopter! (Photo)
Dramatic still photo shows a great white shark lunging out of the water towards a diver dangling precariously from low-flying helicopter.

Shark Sneaks Up Behind Divers (Photo)
Emailed image shows a massive shark looming behind two blissfully unaware scuba divers vacationing in Australia.

Snail Eats Man's Brain
Dear Urban Legends: Have people gotten sick due to snails eating their brains?

A Whale of a Penis (Photo)
Forwarded email accompanied by a photo purportedly depicting the penis of a blue whale claims that the male of that species produces over 400 gallons of sperm in a single mating session.

Sharks Swimming Near Flooded Escalator
Viral image circulating via social media purports to show sharks swimming near an escalator as a result of flooding (or a collapsed shark tank).

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