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Cheering for Nature Around the World! Piranha of the Amazon Rainforest, Explore and Discover, Peru. #Nature, #Environment

By January 3, 2017 March 13th, 2019 Amazon Rainforest

img_2326This morning we board our skiff to fish for a well-known inhabitant of the Amazon basin–the red bellied piranha.  We are greeted by a cool drizzling rain that follows us most of the morning as we motor upriver on a tributary of the Amazon.  When we reach the fishing hole, our guide passes out bait.  The trick to piranha fishing is to lure them closer by splashing the surface of the water with the tip of the pole, then set the hook when we feel the tug of the biting fish.  Piranha will quickly devour the bait– or work in schools to consume a wounded animal– with their sharp teeth.  Here, I hold the catch of everyone aboard our skiff in my remarkably dry rainforest clothes after a morning spent under a poncho.  Later, our chef on the riverboat will cook the piranha–commonly enjoyed on the menus of the indigenous people–for our tour group.  With this global photo story, I salute the skills of the local people who fish and cook piranha.  Despite their reputation, our guide tells us, piranha rarely attack people and they are good scavengers of dead prey.