Sunday, January 19, 2014
Piranha-like fish attack 10 in Argentina
Attacks by a school of carnivorous fish have injured at least 10 people bathing in an Argentinian river since Thursday. The latest attack by the "palometas" was confirmed on Saturday. The fish have been described by the local director of lifeguards as "a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite". Media reports said the injured included a boy who suffered a foot wound while floating in the river. The attacks took place in the Paraná River in Rosario, 186 miles north-east of Buenos Aires. Seventy people who were cooling off from high temperatures were injured there in late December by the same piranha-like fish. They included seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes. Experts say unusually high temperatures during the austral summer and lower numbers of species such as caiman that preyed on the fish could be causing the attacks.