More than 70 people were bitten as a swarm of fish hit the shoreline of a popular Argentina beach on Christmas. A hot beach day prompted folks to enjoy the clear pristine waters, but little did they know that their cooling-off would soon become a nightmare as the attack of the biting fish was about to begin. This is an extremely rare occurrence, according to the Huffington Post on Dec. 26.
People came flying out of the water filled with bites on their arms and legs, with a seven-year-old girl getting part of her finger bitten off by the fish. The palometas fish are believed to be the culprit, they are a relative of the piranha, reports Frederico Cornier, the director of emergency services for the city of Rosario. This city was the area where the attack of these biting fish took place.
Cornier stated that “this is not normal,” isolated bites from these fish are reported, but not in a swarm like this. He said the “magnitude in this case was great….this is exceptional.” This does sound like a scene out of something you might see in a movie about mutant fish that were genetically created to travel in packs.
Rosario is about 190 miles north of Buenos Aires. This mass of biting fish attack happened at one of the popular beaches of the Parana River on the outskirts of Rosario. Many people who live in Argentina flocked to the beaches over the Christmas holiday to escape the heat wave the country is experiencing.