No this isn’t a joke or a Hollywood movie, it’s the real thing.
Piranhas are in great numbers at a beach in Brazil called Daveron Beach on the Paraguay River. Apparently thousands of these flesh eating fish have invaded and so far about 15 swimmers have been bitten.
Elson de Campos Pinto, 22, was bitten on Sunday.
“I took a dip in the river and when I stood up, I felt pain in my foot,” Pinto told G1.
“I saw that I had lost the tip of my toe. I took off running out of the river, afraid that I would be further attacked because of the blood. I’m not going back in for a long time.”
If I had lost the tip of my toe, I wouldn’t be going back in either! 😯
City officials said the beach will remain open because it’s an important draw for tourists in Brazil’s Pantanal region, known for its ecotourism.
Hmmm that sounds a bit familiar, for those that have seen JAWS, those lines above are very similar to those that caused all the problems for people at Amity (in the movie), it does make one wonder.
My advice and I’m no expert on piranhas, but if I was anywhere near this place at the moment on holidays or whatever, I would be looking for the nearest swimming pool and staying well away from this beach/river.