Would the candiru fish really eat your genitals?

Candiru

Of all the denizens of the Amazon basin, there is none more feared than the tiny fish known as the candiru. Since coming to the attention of science in the early 19th century, this creature has occupied the very darkest recesses of the popular imagination.

The reason for this is the candiru’s supposed habit of entering the human penis, lodging itself in place with sharp barbs, and feasting on it from the inside – a horror story that is enough to keep your legs firmly crossed for days.

Read the full article here.

You can also listen to me being interviewed on Moncrieff, a show on the Irish national radio station Newstalk, here.

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