- "I caught a piranha! Or did it catch ME?!"
The Piranha, Pygocentrus natteri, is a rare river fish that can be caught between 9am and 4pm, and again between 9pm to 4am, between the months of June and Mid-September. It can be sold for 2,500 Bells.
Museum[edit | edit source]
An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.
"They have terrifyingly sharp teeth, which contributes to their ferocious reputation. Oddly enough, they are actually quite timid, though they are still very dangerous fish. If they can't find food, they will resort to cannibalism or tear apart any animal they can grab hold of. Take care when catching them so they don't end up biting your hand with their sharp teeth!"
In real life[edit | edit source]
The Red-bellied Piranha lives in the Amazon River Basin, coastal rivers of northeastern Brazil, and the basins of the Paraguay, Paraná and Essequibo Rivers. Their set of razor sharp teeth are capable of stripping flesh from prey and dead animals. As their name suggests, they have a reddish tinge to the belly when fully grown, although juveniles are a silver colour with darker spots. They grow to a maximum length of 33 centimetres (13 in) and a weight of 3.5 kilograms (7.7 lb). Breeding piranha usually spawn around April and May during the rainy season.
Their diet consists largely of fish, insects, worms, crustaceans, and the occasional larger animal. They usually feed on dead, dying, and injured vertebrates in the wild, but have been known to attack healthy animals. The fish usually feed in large schools around dusk and dawn. They locate their prey by scent or motion using a set of sensors down the sides of their bodies called the lateral line system.
Despite their reputation piranhas aren't the bone-stripping threat to humans that they are made out to be. It would take about 500-600 or more to do some real damage to a human, they would also have to be ravenously hungry. To strip the average human down, each would have to consume 8 ounces or more. They don't eat that much. They also aren't that aggressive towards large animals, 50 times larger than they are. Each individual fish isn't that aggressive.