Piranhas : Look at the first picture.They look like harmless creatures which can be kept as a decorative piece , isn’t it ? . But they are not. Look again , because they are highly dangerous omnivorous fishes . Read on to find out more about them……..
Piranhas are freshwater fishes in South America , Venezuela. They have a voracious appetite for meat ( like I have a voracious appetite for a good novel ).There are various myths about piranhas such as how they can dilacerate a human body or cattle in seconds. These myths refer specifically to Pygocentrus nattereri, the red-bellied piranha ( it is not very red , is it ?)
They are the most ferocious fish in the world. Even the most formidable fish, the sharks or the barracudas, usually attack things smaller than themselves. But the piranhas habitually attack things much larger than themselves. They will snap a finger off a hand incautiously trailed in the water; they mutilate swimmers—in every river town in Paraguay there are men who have been thus mutilated; they will rend and devour alive any wounded man or beast; for blood in the water excites them to madness. They will tear wounded wild fowl to pieces; and bite off the tails of big fish as they grow exhausted when fighting after being hooked.
Piranhas attracted directors and they took several movies featuring them . It is shown on James Bond film You Only Live twice where a piece of meat is shown being fed to the Piranhas and after sometime only bones come up in the water. (Gross!!!).
In another film Piranha 3 D this time potraying the incident as a underwater fault opening and allowing pre-historic piranha into a lake.
So, the next time you are out on a lake in the Amazon Basin ( I know it will be the last thing you will do after reading this article ) or you are out for a aquarium show with your kids , look out for the Piranha