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Why are they called CATfish?

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« on: December 12, 2012, 20:34 PM »
Watch this, and you'll know!    :santa_afro:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQLfdiaDJuw

Now, the question is:

Can such big catfish be found in Spain?  ???

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2012, 23:26 PM »
Yes they can be found in the River Ebro. The wels catfish can grow up to 4m - in the Ebro the biggest ever caught was over 2m.

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2013, 18:48 PM »
hello all.... Must admit I am addicted to Jeremy Wades "river monsters".... Every morning at 9am on discovery max... One episode was about the catfish living in the river ebro...... An introduced species from colder northern climate... The warm water and abundant food has seen this species explode, grow and pretty much take over the aquatic ecosystem of the ebro..... very interesting......

WELS CATFISH
Silurus glanis

Maximum Length: Up to 10 feet
Maximum Weight: Up to 330 pounds

Vicious and Voracious: The wels catfish is defined by a long, scaleless body; a broad, flat head; and an extremely wide mouth containing rows of small, sandpaper-like teeth — hundreds of them. It also has two sets of barbels (whisker-like organs) on the upper and lower jaw, which help the fish hunt its prey in the murky waters of large lakes and slow-flowing rivers across Europe. The wels catfish is an adept hunter, first using its pectoral fins to create a disorienting eddy and then taking advantage of its vast, vacuum-like mouth to suck prey in and swallow it whole.

Maneater or Misunderstood? Tales of man-eating wels catfish date back as far as the 15th century, but 2008 saw a spate of attacks in Lake Schlachtensee outside of Berlin. Many believe the attacker to be a 5-foot wels catfish. These fish have been caught in Russia with human remains in their stomachs, but most experts suspect the victims were already drowned before being swallowed. Still, the wels catfish can exhibit aggressive behavior during its mating season, making it plausible that this monster fish could be responsible for attacks against humans that venture into its territory.

Jeremy Wade's Tips for Catching Wels Catfish: "Because the water level has been raised by the dams, there are lots of sunken snags, so allowing the fish to run is not an option. But nobody's told the catfish that, and this one charged out into the current and almost pulled me over. It's then a long, drawn-out tug o' war, digging my heels into the slippery bank
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2013, 18:58 PM »
Found a video of the episode "European Monsters".... Got it to work after a few attempts.... :)

http://www.movieweb.com/tv/TEc9mjhlwIi9el/exclusive-serious-first


I guess they are called catfish because of the whiskers to left and right of the mouth? These whiskers are used to "taste" the river in search of food.....
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2013, 20:37 PM »
Oh, the old link above does not work not now.bb :santa_shocked:

Here is a new one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK9l6fwrGz8

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