Swim With A Piranha--Safely
Tags: Piranha, Amazon, Exotic, swimming, fish
Surprise! Piranhas are not nearly as vicious as you think. In reality, these much-maligned freshwater fish, which inhabit the rivers of South America and the collective imagination of the rest of the world, are more fearful than fearsome. Still, shoals of piranhas can be dangerous. The fish have razor-sharp teeth and, just as in the movies, they will quickly devour just about anything if food is scarce. If you're going to be taking a dip in the Amazon, read on to see how you can swim peacefully with piranhas.
| ||Know where piranhas live. Piranhas are freshwater fish and live only in South America.|
| ||Avoid desperate piranhas. Piranhas are usually mild-mannered and skittish. They rarely or never attack a much larger animal unless they are starving.|
| ||Stay in the boat. Piranhas cannot attack you if you are in even a small boat.|
| ||Wait until night. If you must venture into water inhabited by piranhas, wait until darkness falls. Piranhas hunt during the day and sleep at night.|
| ||Stay out of the water if you have an open, bleeding cut. Piranhas are able to sense blood in the water and furthermore are more likely to attack a larger animal if they think it's wounded or dying.|
| ||Avoid making a fuss. Recent studies suggest that desperate piranhas are attracted more by activity than by the scent of blood.|
| ||Make a sacrifice. As a last-ditch effort, you can try to create a diversion by releasing an animal carcass or a substantial quantity of raw meat downstream from your desired crossing point.|
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I dunno if that's "safely" so much as "less dangerously." But uh, good to know if I ever find myself in the Amazon!
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