Posted 06/01/2022 at 5:20 pm
Four bathers were killed in a wave of violent piranha attacks in Paraguay. Another 20 people were injured.
One of the dead was a 22-year-old man who lost his family on the beach. according to the newspaper mirror onlineThe relatives contacted the police and after a 45-minute search, the body of the man was found to be seriously injured.
The attack happened when he was swimming in the Paraguay River, south of the capital Asuncion, in Ita Enramada last Sunday (2/01). Autopsy tests confirmed that the 22-year-old was killed in the water by a piranha.
A 49-year-old man also died on the Paraguay River in the city of Puerto Rosario. After being reported missing, wound marks were found on the body.
Two other people died in the Tebarquri river in the city of Missiones. Bodies found with piranha bites, newspaper reported Country,
There were other reports of fish attacks in the area. Seven of them at the Bella Vista Swimming Club beach in Itapus, Paraguay, on New Year’s Eve. Club manager Adrian Cardoza said they were considering adding chemicals to the water to keep the piranhas away.
Biologist Julio Javier Capelli explained to Chanel ABC.com.py that piranhas can hide behind floating vegetation in rivers before attacking people. They also noted that fish attack is more likely during the breeding season, but also in warm climates, when the water level in the rivers is low.
Piranhas usually move in groups and it is the male who usually attacks to protect the young. The bites are underwater, not accompanied by predator jumps, as is often shown in horror movies.