70 sunbathers looking to beat the 100°F heat along the Parana River near Rosario Christmas Day were severely bitten by a school of palometa fish that literally tore their skin off. Among the victims was a 7-year old girl who lost a finger to the fish.
Recognized by their-blue-green heads, bright silvery sides; yellow on breast; and elongated dorsal and anal fins, these types of piranha are found in tropical waters along sandy shores and bays, and have been found as far north as the coral reefs in south Florida.
“While it is normal for there to be an isolated bite or injury, the magnitude of this attack is an exceptional event,” stated Federico Cornier, director of the local lifeguards.
He also noted, that although the beaches were closed following the fish feeding frenzy, it was so hot that many of the locals dared to go back into the water to cool off a few hours later.