MONSTER VAMPIRE FISH – Amazon River Monsters

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Hey Guys Bill here… I don’t know about you, but Vampires always scare the heck out of me.
From Dracula to the Twilight Saga, these creepy blood suckers just send chills down my spine.

But did you know humans aren’t the only creatures to claim blood sucking vampire status? It’s true. In the animal world we have Vampire bats and even a fish that will give count dracula a run for his money!

It’s called the Vampire Fish in English, but in the Amazon it is known as a Payara. it can grow up to 40 pounds and lives the jungle rivers of south america. It’s most famous for the two giant teeth it has in the front of it’s mouth – perfect tools for comping down on Sookie Stackhouse.

The payara’s most noticeable feature is the two long fangs protruding from its lower jaw. These fangs can be 4 to 6 inches long. Parayas grow to be around 3 feet long with an average length of 1.5 ft. The payara’s diet mainly consist of smaller fish; they impale other fish with their sharp teeth and consume them. Payaras also share the same habitat with butterfly peacock bass (Cichla ocellaris). In the Amazon River basin, payaras are restricted to tributaries above the mouth of the Rio Tapajós.

Today I am with Steve Townsend who sometimes goes by the name of The fish finder.We’re going to see if we can catch a vampire fish for a up close and personal look at one of the most famous Amazon River Monsters around.

Vampire fish can be caught just about anywhere in the Amazon region of South America, but for me, Venezuela offers more beautiful scenery than other areas.