Photo: Piranhas in brazil
Thousands of hungry piranhas have infested the popular Daveron beach in west Brazil’s Paraguay river; 15 people have reportedly been bitten in the past two weeks.
Authorities in the city of Cáceres, in the western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, indicated that the river has always had piranhas. What is different this time is that, this is the first time schools of piranhas have become a threat for swimmers.
Among the fifteen victims of piranha bites, there was a 22-year-old, who discovered while still in the water, he had lost the tip of one of his toes to a hungry fish.
City officials have decided to not close the beach, as it is a very popular tourist destination. Therefore, banners alerting swimmers of the piranhas have been posted and authorities recommend using common sense when swimming, and if bit, to exit the water quickly and carefully before blood spreads.