Flesh-eating fish attack and injure 10 people in Argentinian river


A school of flesh-eating fish have attacked and injured at least 10 people bathing in an Argentinian river since Thursday.

According to the Guardian, the latest attack by the 'palometas' was confirmed on Saturday in the Parana River in Rosario, 186 miles north east of Buenos Aires.

The carnivorous fish have been described by the local director of lifeguards as "a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite", reports sbs.com.au.

Experts believe that unusually high temperatures as well as lower numbers of species such as caiman that prey on the fish could be causing the attacks.

The attacks follow a similar incident in December when 70 people were injured by the piranha-like fish while cooling off during a Christmas Day swim at the same spot.

Bathers, including children, suffered bites on their hands and feet.

Local media reports that one seven-year-old child had part of his finger amputated after the attack at the same area in the Parana River.

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