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.