Caution! A shark
Is that a small shark swimming in the Pankong River? With its grey body and black fins, Ariopsis seemanni or Tete sea catfish indeed resembles a miniature version of a shark. Yet, it is unrelated. Officially, it is a member of the same family as the catfish.
Did you know…
That the long barbels near the nose and mouth are used in foraging for food? This ‘freshwater shark’ mainly eats small fish, small lobsters, crabs, shrimp, and insects.
Cute but every dangerous!
Being related to the catfish does not make this ‘freshwater shark’ any less dangerous. Can you see its dorsal and pectoral fins? These fins contain a rigid barb that the fish can use as a defensive weapon. When an enemy approaches, the fish will stab it with the barb and inject a venom.