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70 People Injured After Piranha Attack in Argentina

Dozens Injured In Rare Mass Piranha Attack In Argentina

An attack by a school of carnivorous fish has injured 70 people bathing in an Argentine river, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes.

Director of lifeguards Federico Cornier said Thursday that thousands of bathers were cooling off from 100-degree temperatures in the Parana River in Rosario on Wednesday when bathers suddenly began complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet.

He blamed the attack on palometas, "a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite."

Paramedic Alberto Manino said some children he treated lost entire digits. He told the Todo Noticias channel that city beaches were closed, but it was so hot that within a half-hour, many people went back to the water.

Officials added the heatwave was partially responsible for why the fish congregated on the river's surface.

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the aol experien December 28 2013 at 6:03 AM

Make sure you have a Face book or Twitter account so Big Brother can keep an eye on you.

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dstauff1093 December 28 2013 at 2:22 AM

is this a clothing optional beach?

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danbrissey December 28 2013 at 12:40 AM

yet another reason to stay the hell out of the water!

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jaydenangelus December 27 2013 at 11:59 PM

Okay... maybe they could try making some strong nets so that you can section off parts of the river to you know, KEEP the carnivorous fish away from the people... Also if you see large congregations of Piranha fish at the surface... maybe DON'T go in the water.

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xmindphazerx December 28 2013 at 7:00 AM

They are known to bite through steel hooks. Do you honestly think a "strong net" is going to work? Clearly you don't know much about characoids.

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ajax December 27 2013 at 11:57 PM

Reverse fishing

AOL all of a sudden isn't defaulting to the doomed Huffpo, on every article for requiring we have to cave in to FaceBook's spying and interfering with freedom of speech to make a comment.

We have spoken. If you know what I mean.

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stvhndyman December 28 2013 at 4:07 AM

I agree with you ajax. I don't have FB and don't want to be forced to start FB just so I can post on Huffpo.

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badtothebone9669 December 28 2013 at 7:30 AM

I couldn't agree with you more. Forcing us on Facebook just to comment....I'll keep my comments to myself, thanks!

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badtothebone9669 December 28 2013 at 7:32 AM

I will speak by cancelling my AOL account, for their strong-arm tactics.

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Rick Suddes December 27 2013 at 11:38 PM

keep your clothes, shoes and chainmale gloves on!

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ajax December 27 2013 at 11:59 PM

My wife loves that and we never leave home.

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Steve December 27 2013 at 11:27 PM

What does the music from 'Jaws' sound like when it is sped up 10x? Run!

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bandneater December 27 2013 at 11:27 PM

Today in Rosario swimming Piranha 70 Bathers 2

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john December 27 2013 at 11:02 PM

they look like democrats

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Benny December 28 2013 at 2:14 AM

They sure do

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Isabel December 27 2013 at 10:07 PM

kill shark fish!

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