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Originally posted by thedarklingthrush
Honestly it looks like another kid bit her to me.
The marks don't match any sort of fish.
Originally posted by stereologist
You are wrong. This happened when I lived in Texas. It was in several newspapers at the time.
Again you are wrong. The place was drained and several large catfish were removed from the lake. The water body was refilled and the problem went away.
As far as the bite mark on the girl it is definitely not from another kid otherwise there would be teeth marks. We see none.
They don't even have teeth
Internal morphology: Premaxillary band of teeth on upper jaw with a lateral backward extension on each side (Hubbs et al. 1991).
Catfish may not have fangs, but they do have maxillary teeth: thick rows of inward-curving barbs designed to let food in but not out. When clamped on your arm, catfish also have an unfortunate tendency to bear down and spin, like a sharpener on a pencil. "It ain't nothin' but sandpaper -- real coarse sandpaper," an Arkansas noodler told me recently. "But once that thing gets to flouncin', and that sandpaper gets to rubbin', it can peel your hide plumb off."
This has nothing to do with what I said, which was catfish don't like shallow water to feed in or lots of mammal activity in the water they feed in. A shadow over the water will scare a catfish back into deepwater, much less splashing and yelling.
So what is that red shape on her leg if not a bite mark? and shock! it's just the right size for a small human child to have bitten her.