An aggressive attack has injured many including children. People had severe bites on arms, feet and legs.
Dozens of people have been injured in a frenzied attack by a school of piranhas on an Argentinian beach.
The attack occurred at a local beach on the banks of the Parana River, in the city of Rosario, central Argentina.
More than 60 people were hurt in the Christmas Day attack, including seven children.
Fatal attacks on humans by piranhas are rare but people can die of bleeding. They are freshwater fish. The weather has been warm and people are trying to cool down in the river. Piranha bites are small, not like the mass attacks that de-flesh people in the movies. People were able to get out of the water before being bitten to the degree that would be life threatening. But children losing fingers is extremely sad.
UPDATE: (18-Jan-2014) Encounters and injuries continue
The latest attack by the “palometas” was confirmed Saturday. They’ve been described by the local director of lifeguards as “a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite.”