Argentinean bathers enjoying a Christmas day dip in the appropriately named Parana River got more than they bargained for when a school of carnivorous fish attacked about 70 swimmers. Lifeguards near the river located in Rosario, about 185 miles north of Buenos Aires, blamed the attack on the flesh-eating palometa fish, a type of piranha native to South America. Many swimmers complained of mild discomfort from bite marks while others had deep wounds on theirextremities. Paramedic Alberto Manino reported to the Associated Press that some people, including seven children, lost entire digits. The Director of Rosario lifeguards, Federico Cornier said the attack was highly unusual, “This is not normal. It’s normal for there to be an isolated bite or injury, but the magnitude in this case was great… this is an exceptional event.”


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