Update: A second major Piranha attack in Brazil
In a second major piranha attack in Brazil last fall, at least 15 swimmers in the city of Caceres in Mato Grosso state were bitten by the vicious sharp-toothed fish. The piranhas started schooling recently in the Daveron beach on the Paraguay River, an area where they had previously not been a problem. An Associated Press story quoted Elson de Campos Pinto, 22, who was bitten:
“I took a dip in the river and when I stood up, I felt pain in my foot,” Pinto said. “I saw that I had lost the tip of my toe. I took off running out of the river, afraid that I would be further attacked because of the blood. I’m not going back in for a long time.”
Officials have erected large signs in blood red letters: “Attention swimmers. Area at risk of piranha attacks. Danger!”
About 100 swimmers at a Brazilian beach got the shock of their lives when a school of voracious piranhas attacked them with their razor-like teeth. Before they could scramble out of the water, at least 100 swimmers were injured severely enough to land in a local hospital, according to reports. Mostly, the 10-inch, 3-pound piranhas bit the swimmers on their heals and toes. Turns out that the piranhas were very hungry, the result of their population growing at a much faster rate than fish lower in the food chain. “Since they have no predators, piranhas have started attacking people on the beach,” said Romildo Mafra, a local environment official who was quoted in an article on Brietbart.com. After the attack took place at Terezina, Piaui’s capital, state, local residents quickly began stocking the waters with 100,000 tilapia in an attempt to quell the piranhas hunger.
Piranhas are primarily found in the Amazon basin on South America, but they have been introduced elsewhere and have been found as far north at Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin although they cannot survive winters in northern climates. According to Wikipedia, Piranhas occasionally bite and sometimes injure bathers and swimmers. A piranha bite is considered more an act of carelessness than that of misfortune. Piranhas can be bought as pets in some areas, but they are illegal in many parts of the United States.
This eight-second video is about all you need about the power of a piranha bite:
But if you want to learn a lot about these sometimes vicious creatures, this Discovery Channel video will send chills down your spine:
Finally, no we don’t have any photos or video from the recent Brazil attack, but we surmise it might have looked something like this gruesome scene from the movie Piranha 3D: