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    An attack by a school of carnivorous fish has injured 70 people bathing in an Argentine river, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes.

    Director of lifeguards Federico Cornier said Thursday that thousands of bathers were cooling off from 100-degree temperatures in the Parana River in Rosario on Wednesday when bathers suddenly began complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet.

    He blamed the attack on palometas, "a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite."

    Paramedic Alberto Manino said some children he treated lost entire digits. He told the Todo Noticias channel that city beaches were closed, but it was so hot that within a half-hour, many people went back to the water.

    Officials added the heatwave was partially responsible for why the fish congregated on the river's surface.

    Piranhas Attack Bathers in Argentina : People.com

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    OMG! This is far worse that spiders.
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    I went on vacation once to Corrientes (that's up north) and they warned me about this fish so I stayed out of the water.
    Btw, the heat wave is awful: over 30 C at 9 am.

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    All I can think is OUCH! Those are scary little bastards.
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    Damn. Kids lost entire fingers!

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    "..city beaches were closed, but it was so hot that within a half-hour, many people went back to the water.*..."
    Stupidity > piranhas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLEE View Post
    in the Parana River in Rosario on Wednesday when bathers suddenly began complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet.

    He blamed the attack on palometas, "a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite."



    How awful! But...coincidence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    OMG! This is far worse that spiders.
    No way! Piranha's don't come and get you when you are in bed or on the loo, nor do they skitter off and disappear under a piece of furniture and leave you a mess of nerves wondering when they are going to come out for round two. Spiders are still worse.
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    Omg it's like the worst movie of my childhood come true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kittylady View Post
    No way! Piranha's don't come and get you when you are in bed or on the loo, nor do they skitter off and disappear under a piece of furniture and leave you a mess of nerves wondering when they are going to come out for round two. Spiders are still worse.
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