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Dozens injured in Christmas piranha attack

Posted on Friday, 27 December, 2013 | Comment icon 15 comments

A look at a piranha's vicious teeth. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Andrewself
Festive revelers were set upon by a school of carniverous fish at the Parana River in Argentina.
Those celebrating Christmas with a swim in the cool waters of the Parana River got more than they bargained for this year when more than 60 people, including 7 children, were attacked by a school of deadly piranha fish.

Most of the injuries were to the victims' hands, legs and feet, with one 7-year-old girl suffering a bite to her left hand that proved so severe that she had to have part of a finger amputated.

Sporting a set of extremely sharp teeth and a reputation to match, piranhas are well known for their voracious appetite for meat and have been responsible for multiple deaths over the years.

Authorities believe that the unusually high temperatures Argentina is currently experiencing may be to blame for the increased aggression of the fish.

Source: Sky News | Comments (15)

Tags: Piranha, Argentina

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Comment icon #6 Posted by OverSword on 27 December, 2013, 0:56
Well then let's hope they weren't swimming in the nude at least.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Harte on 27 December, 2013, 13:41
Well then let's hope they weren't swimming in the nude at least. For sure. There is a tiny fish there that is well-known to swim up into your urethra: You are correct in believing that the candiru poses a hazard to humans (and other mammals that might urinate in the water). It seems attracted to the flow of urine (possibly as it resembles the stream of water from the gills of a large fish). The candiru may swim up the stream of urine and enter the urethra of a bather urinating into the river. This, of course, not part of the fish's normal feeding behaviour - the fish has made a fatal mistake. ... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Zero Fox FK on 27 December, 2013, 16:02
Go swimming in the Parana River? Brilliant idea! After that let's go swimming in Great Wight Lake and then go skinny dipping at Cereal Kila Campsite.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 27 December, 2013, 21:31
http://www.indian-river.fl.us/fishing/fish/pomppalo.html I looked this fish up. It looks nothing like a piranha, but a large angel fish. Fish tank angel fish are known to get very aggressive when they get larger, and they kill other fish. That aside, the most popular area of residence for this fish, is off the coast of Florida. Uh huh
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew on 27 December, 2013, 21:39
I'm doubtful of the authenticity of this story. The reason is because on the BBC series 'planet earth' the episode titled fresh water they had a heck of a time getting these things to come out for the camera and even while filming a feeding frenzy on a fish corpse the cameraman shooed them away with the wave of a hand and they never even came close to biting him. So for them to attack a large group of swimmers seems far fetched. Piranha attacks largely depend on the food supply. In parts of S. America the forest is inundated every year and all the fish species fan out into the flooded forest. ... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sundew on 27 December, 2013, 21:46
http://www.indian-ri...h/pomppalo.html I looked this fish up. It looks nothing like a piranha, but a large angel fish. Fish tank angel fish are known to get very aggressive when they get larger, and they kill other fish. That aside, the most popular area of residence for this fish, is off the coast of Florida. Uh huh The fish in the link is a species of jack, very likely harmless to humans, as are most jacks. As for "fish tank angel fish" do you mean freshwater ones which are a type of cichlid and a relatively docile one (but one that will eat bite sized fish), or marine species which are foun... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 27 December, 2013, 23:07
Its strange that a river known for piranha attacks, and named Parana River, would have random attacks by...piranha... How odd...
Comment icon #13 Posted by sarah snow on 28 December, 2013, 2:27
It's not rocket science.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns on 28 December, 2013, 19:21
"Merry Christmas, kids! Here's a dangerous piranha!" "Thanks, DaAAUGHH!"
Comment icon #15 Posted by jesspy on 29 December, 2013, 12:12
Maybe someone baited them.

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