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Piraiba

Proud fisherman holding a decent sized Paraiba.

The Paraiba Catfish (Brachyplatystoma filamentosum) is a large, freshwater species of Catfish from the family Pimelodidae and the genus Brachyplatystoma. The fish lives only in the Amazon, and is known to be easily the largest Catfish of the river. This fishes maximum size is just barely 10 feet in length and 500 pounds in weight.

The Paraiba is known to eat literally anything. Fisherman have found monkeys, birds, and other catfish in its stomach. It is also notorious for a freak accident in which a fisherman who was in the water was eaten whole, going missing for days. When the suffocated fish surfaced, there was 2 legs sticking out of its giant mouth.

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