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PendO
07-04-2007, 03:33 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,287992,00.html

Fisherman Catches Piranha in North Carolina River

Tuesday, July 03, 2007
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MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. A fisherman looking to catch a catfish for dinner instead reeled in a fish that flashed its teeth and bit his knife.
Jerry Melton, 46, was fishing in the Catawba River (javascript:siteSearch('Catawba River');) last week when he caught what state wildlife officials later identified as a piranha (javascript:siteSearch('piranha');), a South American carnivorous fish that lives in freshwater.
"When I got it on the bank I didn't really know what it was; I hadn't seen anything like it before," Melton said.
When Melton opened the fish's mouth with a pocket knife, he said the fish bit down and left an impression on the blade.
Wildlife officials told Melton on Saturday that he caught a 1 pound, 4 ounce piranha that was probably dumped in the river. Officials said the fish was likely put there by someone who kept it as a pet and later dumped it into local waters.
"Releasing nonnative fish in our native waters is highly irresponsible because it could have a very adverse affect on the fish in that ecosystem (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,287992,00.html#)," said Paul Barrington, an ichthyologist with the Fort Fisher Aquarium (javascript:siteSearch('Fort Fisher Aquarium');).
Melton, who is keeping the piranha in his freezer until he can have it mounted, said the experience will keep him out of the river's water.
"I've been fishing there my whole life," he said. "Catching something like that is definitely going to make me think twice about what's in that water."

Jesus_Freak
07-04-2007, 04:06 AM
...MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. A fisherman looking to catch a catfish for dinner instead reeled in a fish that flashed its teeth and bit his knife.[/B]
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One was caught here in East TN last year, and officials continue to say it was dumped there.

sizzler
07-04-2007, 04:16 AM
would they survive your winter?????

Jesus_Freak
07-04-2007, 04:19 AM
would they survive your winter?????

I am not sure; I am not a Piranha-oligist. 8p

I seriously doubt it, for either NC or TN.

ski_king
07-04-2007, 07:59 AM
Don't worry about a single Piranha. According to this article, they are wimps.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070701/sc_nm/piranhas_dc

H20skeefreek
07-04-2007, 08:16 AM
would they survive your winter?????
I highly doubt it. I used to keep pirahna in college (chick magnets, believe it or not) at the end of the school year, my roomate tried to sell them back to the pet store, and they wouldn't give him very much for them, and pirahna are hard to transport long distances. They tend to chew through whatever you have them in. So anyway, they gave him a low price, so he bought 100 gold fish and dumped them in the John Purdue Memorial fountain with the Pirahna. We hear they only lived a few days.

H20skeefreek
07-04-2007, 08:19 AM
Don't worry about a single Piranha. According to this article, they are wimps.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070701/sc_nm/piranhas_dc
They might clutter together for protection, but those things are mean. DO NOT ever put your finger in a pirahna tank.

TX.X-30 fan
07-04-2007, 01:20 PM
They might clutter together for protection, but those things are mean. DO NOT ever put your finger in a pirahna tank.



So your saying skinny dipping in out of the question. :D :D

Lennyp04
07-04-2007, 01:25 PM
Dont think i want to wakeboard in that river anytime soon

H20skeefreek
07-04-2007, 11:40 PM
So your saying skinny dipping in out of the question. :D :D
Correct, I wouldn't put your finger, or you dinger in the pirahna water.

Jesus_Freak
07-05-2007, 01:34 PM
Correct, I wouldn't put your finger, or you dinger in the pirahna water.

Does this belong in the notes-to-self thread?:D

Evan Jones
07-05-2007, 02:30 PM
It didn't say where it was from but South American Pirahnas are less agressive than African Pirahnas. We were skiing in the Amazon river, and they said the Pirahnas don't attack unless there is blood in the water.

The African Pirahnas are the ones we always see in the movies that swarm around anything that moves.

50% chance these are South American......only one way to find out !

Lennyp04
07-05-2007, 02:38 PM
It didn't say where it was from but South American Pirahnas are less agressive than African Pirahnas. We were skiing in the Amazon river, and they said the Pirahnas don't attack unless there is blood in the water.

The African Pirahnas are the ones we always see in the movies that swarm around anything that moves.

50% chance these are South American......only one way to find out !


And by that you mean sticking a body part by a Pirahna?

trickskier
07-05-2007, 03:00 PM
And by that you mean sticking a body part by a Pirahna?
All I know is, I would rather swim with GATORS!!!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
07-05-2007, 03:03 PM
I am not sure; I am not a Piranha-oligist. 8p

I seriously doubt it, for either NC or TN.
I have never been much for marine biology, but there is a title that I would like. A "Piranha-oligist". I like it. :)

LakePirate
07-08-2007, 11:01 PM
They get dumped in lakes and rivers pretty regularly. They pulled one of the lake I ski on most of the time.

To answer Siz's question, no they cannot survive the winter.

ProTour X9
07-08-2007, 11:12 PM
You can buy what are called "pacus" at Wal-Mart, the guy at PetCo told me they are pirahnas. Probably some smart aleck doing a funny joke. Just like we found a oversized goldfish in our lake.

jclose8
07-09-2007, 09:45 AM
It didn't say where it was from but South American Pirahnas are less agressive than African Pirahnas. We were skiing in the Amazon river, and they said the Pirahnas don't attack unless there is blood in the water.

The African Pirahnas are the ones we always see in the movies that swarm around anything that moves.

50% chance these are South American......only one way to find out !

Oh, an African piranha maybe... Just not a European Pirahna, that's my point.