It sounds like a scene from a horror flick, but it’s actually real life: a popular river beach in Brazil has been overrun with flesh-eating piranhas, and so far 15 people have been attacked while swimming.
The beach in the touristy Pantanal region is remaining open, despite the threat from the bloodthirsty fish. While most people living in the area are familiar with the precautions they need to take against such predators, piranhas have never been found in this particular area before. One 22-year old even lost part of a toe.
The most important thing to keep in mind if you are bitten is to get out of the water. Immediately. The spread of blood will only attract more piranhas, and you really don’t want to end up being a mid-afternoon snack. Sounds an awful lot like Jaws, right?
It’s not the first time it’s happened in Brazil either. In fact, it’s not even the first time it’s happened this year.
Back in September, 100 swimmers on a beach at Calf Dam (Barragem do Bezerro) were attacked by piranhas, with toes once again being the main victims. Experts believe that an unbalanced ecosystem or certain pressures provoke piranhas to attack humans, like when their population is too high and there is a lack of food. Humans make a tasty treat when necessary.
Looks like we just need to find some new piranha bait, or stop being so darn delicious.