Fish With Human-like Teeth

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Pacu fish, cousins to the piranha and known as “frugivores,” have human-like teeth that can crack nuts and fruits.

They and many other kinds of species of fish with weird teeth are featured in “Hooked,” a new National Geographic Channel series that premieres on U.S. cable television tonight.

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Also known as the “Vampire Fish,” The Payara earns its “vampire” nickname with a set of two-inch daggers thrusting up from its bottom jaw.

Photos © Julia Dorn/courtesy National Geographic Channel

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