And if I had to, I would wear a steel-plated speedo. To date, there is only one documented case of a candiru entering a human urethra, which took place in Itacoatiara , Brazil in Bach, who examined a man and several boys whose penises had been amputated. Burroughs' Naked Lunch to Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club ; and invariably it serves as shorthand for the worst thing that could possibly happen to a human being. And thank you Radiatidon for that very detailed, almost-too-much-information excerpt. My new Pool Sign will now read:
Meet The Candiru – The Penis Probing Fish Of Your Nightmares
I was referring to tannic acid in tea. A few native people suggest home remedies like a hot bath or an herbal soak, but for the most part, the verdict is a unanimous and horrifying one: Pop Turner April 8, 2: When subsequently interviewed, Spotte stated that even if a person were to urinate while "submerged in a stream where candiru live", the odds of that person being attacked by candiru are " a bout the same as being struck by lightning while simultaneously being eaten by a shark. This was in and the candiru was successfully removed.
But is there any truth to it? View image of The flower of a jagua tree Genipa americana Credit: Not the fish comes leaping out of the water up your urine stream and into your penis while you are peeing into some water from the shore. According to the limited contemporary research that has been undertaken, it would seem so. Trichomycteridae with a Description of a New Species from Venezuela".
Once inside, the story goes, the fish anchors itself with spines, sucks blood and even gnaws tissue, resulting in excruciating pain. Ultimately however, the body of evidence amounts to little more than anecdote and hearsay. Fortunately, these cases are not scientifically verified so we might not have too much to fear. When he approached Samad, he was presented with photos, a video of the procedure and even a preserved specimen. Unfortunately for this theory a study carried out in showed absolutely no interest in potential chemical attractants — however, when presented with a tasty looking goldfish they responded enthusiastically. Internet forums abound with references to the fish, as well as grisly embellishments concerning its activities — laying eggs in bladders and suchlike. The thing is, despite all the graphic depictions of genital mutilation, not one of these men ever witnessed a candiru attack.