Goliath Tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath) is one of the largest freshwater fish in the world. It’s the largest of the five species of Tigerfish which can be found in Africa. It can be found in the Congo River Basin and Lake Tanganyika.
The Tigerfishes belong to the Chjaracidae family same as as piranhas and payaras but compared to it piranha look like guppy. Goliath Tigerfish has 32 razor-sharp teeth similar in size to those of a great white shark and has been known to attack humans and eat small crocodiles. Because of this Goliath Tigerfish is called freshwater shark of Africa. Besides sharp teeth this fish has incredible eyesight in murky water and can sense low-frequency vibrations emitted by prey. This top predator of Congo River can swim very fast reaching the speed of 60 mph.
Goliath Tigerfish can grove up to 5 feet length and weighing in at over 150 pounds.
The Tigerfish was shown in Jeremy Wade’s documentary series River Monsters. British angler Jeremy Wade wrestled the 100lbs 5ft-long Goliath Tigerfish during a fishing expedition along the Congo River.