Piranhas (fresh water fish found in South America) have a reputation for being ferocious. The name, inspired by the piranhas’ razor-sharp triangular teeth, comes from the Portuguese piro for ‘fish’ and sainha for ‘tooth’.

Piranhas are deadly and a school of them can reduce a wounded crocodile to a skeleton in seconds, however, some are vegetarian or omnivorous. Those on display at Deep Sea World are red-bellied piranhas. Attacking in a frenzied manner, these piranhas dart in and out taking grape sized mouthfuls at each bite. Watch out for weekly piranha feeds.

‘Piranha teeth are often used to make weapons by the indigenous people of the Amazon’.

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