A Fish with a Bite!
Location: Amazon River
- Red Bellied Piranha are also known as red piranha.
- They live in shallow waters of the Amazon river.
- Red bellied piranha have a mouth full of triangular sharp teeth.
- They can bite with enormous force.
- Red bellied piranha rarely feed in groups. Feeding frenzies are rare.
- If a feeding frenzy does take place, it happens when the fish are starving.
- Attacks on humans are rare.
- Red piranha make sounds using muscles associated with their swim bladder.
- They use these sounds to communicate with each other.
Piranha have such a bad reputation, but that is mostly a myth. They are mostly solitary and they even eat nuts and seeds! We learned quiet a bit about these misunderstood fish on our boat trip today. Tomorrow we head up in to the cloud forest to meet a tiny amphibian.