Deadliest Piranha Attack Claims The Life Of A Peruvian Boy

By Sourav Ghosh - July 30, 2018

Piranha, an extremely predatory fish with its sharp teeth and powerful jaws that always illustrate its image like a dreadful creature from a gruesome Hollywood scene. Yes, they could be really dreadful at some points.


In 2015, a horrible corpse of an 11-year-old boy was found after being eaten by the piranhas in a Peru's piranha-infested deadly water. According to the primary investigation, the boy was on a vacation trip with his family and was playing near the reservoir when he suddenly fell into the lethal water where his life was taken in a gruesome way. However, many of the locals claimed that he had already drowned before he was consumed by the piranhas.

Piranha Attack resulting in deaths have been reported several times in the Amazon territory. In February 2015, a 6-year-old girl was roaming with her grandmother in a boat during their vacation in Brazil, while their boat foiled and the girl died after being eaten by the piranhas. In 2012, a 5-year-old Brazilian girl was attacked and killed by a shoal of red piranhas. In 2011, a drunk 18-year-old man of Rosario del Yata, Bolivia, was attacked and killed by these deadliest fishes.

Piranhas are definitely one of the most dangerous fishes in the World. Unlike other kinds of fishes, piranhas do not merely feed on algae or seagrass. They feed on small fishes and even on the flesh of other dead or living animals. The teeth-row of this tiny bizarre creature is so sharp that it's often used in making some tools and sharp weapons. The deadliest Piranhas are mostly found in South American rivers, lake and reservoirs, especially located near the Amazon basin.

According to the experts, piranhas do not deliberately attack any larger living animal for eating alive but they can do enough harm in their efforts to protect themselves.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to avoid or prevent the piranha attacks:

• First of all, without any reasonable need, don't get caught in the piranha-infested water, even if you think it's okay.

• Experts advise that it is best not to swim in the piranha-infested water during the daytime because Piranhas usually tend to be more harmful during the daytime than their resting time of night.

• In case you are about to cross a piranha-infested river or canal (if you really think it's necessary), throw an animal carcase or a raw meat to distract them. In this way, you can get some time to escape and cross to the other side but be sure to move quickly because, for them, a few minutes enough to prove your decision to be a big mistake in your life.

• Experts suggest avoiding to make a fuss because they explain that piranhas are more attracted by the movement rather than by the smell of blood. However, if you have wounds or cuts on your body then you should never go into that deadly water since piranhas are more likely to attack a larger animal if they think it’s wounded and hence they will be triggered to be more harmful.

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