500 Baby Piranhas

A school of red bellied piranhas at the Georgia Aquarium. Photo by Mary Bradley

babypiranha2.jpgThe staff at Deep Sea World in North Queensferry, Scotland have moved the fry into their own private nursery tank for their own safety.  The babies are reportedly progressing nicely. If all goes according to plan, the new piranhas will be reintroduced to the main shoal in a few months.

There are 35 species of piranhas, but only about half are carnivorous.  The red bellied piranha is the most notorious of all piranha species, having achieved mythical status as swarming, mindless, flesh-tearing Amazonian monsters.  Much of their reputation is sensationalized media hype.

Visit Piranha Fury’s website if you are interested in keeping and/or breeding the red bellied piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri).  Make sure to first check if it is legal to own red bellied piranha in your state or country.


via Small World News Service

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