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PETALUMA (KCBS) – A Petaluma fisherman got a big bite, but didn’t expect the fish he reeled in to bite back.

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Juan Gallo caught a pacu fish at the Lucchesi Park pond in Petaluma over the weekend. But as he lifted the fish from the water, its teeth cut the line.

A pacu is a freshwater fish typically found in the Amazon River and a relative of the piranha. While the fish is sold at U.S. pet shops, they’re illegal in California.

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Gallo managed to keep a hold of the fish, and plans to turn it over to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He said if they don’t want it, he may have it stuffed.

A Pacu fish. (Nisamanee wanmoon/Wikimedia Commons)

File photo of a pacu fish. (Source: Nisamanee wanmoon/Wikimedia Commons)

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