A few years later, ina French naturalist named Francis de Castelnau was told by an Araguay fisherman not to urinate in the river, as it encourages the fish to swim up your urethra. To date, there is only one documented case of a candiru entering a human urethra, which took place in ItacoatiaraBrazil in Removal can be very difficult, as the barbs face one direction only, and pulling on the fish only causes them to sink deeper into the walls of the urethra. It is also known as the toothpick fish on account of its slender shape. According to Gudger, this lends credence to the unlikelihood of the fish entering the male urethra, based on the comparatively small opening that would accommodate only the most immature members of the species.
One or two may hold a Candiru specimen!
Candiru – The fish that can swim up your penis?
To boat in the same waterways where Candiru swim, visit our stunning Rainforest Expedition lodges in the Peruvian Amazon. This is strange considering the number of people living along the Amazon and the interest in this particular natural abomination. Pop Turner April 8, 2: Lacerda, who offered an eyewitness account of a case where a candiru had entered a human orifice. The vast majority of these stories are from men. Wikimedia Commons The candiru fish, in an drawing.