Swimmers attacked by fish at Sydney lake

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Swimmers attacked by fish at Sydney lake
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DOZENS of swimmers have been attacked by fish at a popular lake in Sydney

Unsuspecting swimmers have been terrorized by an ell-tailed catfish at Lake Parramatta in Sydney, who slashes at anyone that comes near his nest. The usually docile fish has a personality change during breeding season, with the male using razor-sharp fins and spines to defend its territory.

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Jade Elizabeth Birks, 30, took to Facebook on Friday, November 20 to warn other swimmers, and said that children are especially at risk.

‘One boy panicked so bad it looked like he was going to drown after it happened to him,’ she said.


‘He started panicking and people had to go and help him – he was that panicky he almost pretty much drowned.’

‘It leaves a nasty scratch or bite up your ankles because it latches on and rips your skin.’


A Parramatta Council spokesperson told The Sydney Morning Herald that safety measures were being put in place during the catfish’s breeding season.

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