In what may be the largest incident of its type, 70 people were attacked by carnivorous fish on a beach in Argentina on Christmas Day. According to a Dec. 26 report on MSN.com, the biting fish are called palometos, and they are a relative of the well-known man-eating piranha. The biting fish attacks occurred on the beach of the Parana River near Rosario, less than 200 miles from Buenos Aires.
The wounds experienced were deep, and there were children attacked who actually lost digits. One amputation has been reported so far.
Although this river is known for dangerous fish, people were escaping the 100-degree temperatures of a heat wave, according to ibTimes. It is thought that these unseasonable temperatures may have brought the palometos to the surface. Of course, some bait left by fishermen may have also caused it.
ibTimes describes the fish as between 8 and 18 inches long with razor-sharp teeth. They will attack anything that enters the water, and they are also very attracted to blood. So, after one attacks, the others are drawn in also. An odd aspect of this attack is that the fish usually attack only a solitary swimmer.