Experts fear Britain could be facing a deadly invasion of killer piranha after a Kent angler hooked one of the Amazonian fang-fish in a Folkestone pond - thousands of miles from its natural habitat where gangs of them regularly strip the flesh from their victims in a terrifying frenzy of teeth and foaming water. The poster for …
Fight of the century
I wonder what'll happen in a rumble between these fishies and some pike or Zander?
Or even some others
I recall an news article (from before www) where something like a brown trout (IIRC) jumped from its tank into adjacent piranha tank – end result trout finished most of them off and the survivors were cowering in corner
Lottie, is that Ed Zander and Pvt Pike? Zander would last longer as he's fatter.
But what kind of Piranha where they?
Many are primarily vegetarian believe it or not, meat is a bonus but not their main food stuff. If the ones in the tank had been of the more aggressive carnivorous variety it may have had a different outcome.
One thing about Piranha, they are great in a chowder. Also believed by some locals of the Amazon to have "enhancing" effects.
I'll have a pint and a bowl of chowder please.
Pike would eat it
Pirhana's are not that dangerous,only when the water level drops significantly in mid-summer. They get concentrated in pools and then they are dangerous.
Saying that, my mate comes from Pirhana land, and they kill a deer / cow / horse down river before they do mass crossings with their farm animals. Else there animals get eaten.
Mind you, I used to keep pirhanas and we'd play a drunken party game "Who can keep the bloodied finger in the tank longest". I still have the scar.
And the IT angle is?
Oh... angling. I get it.
Rodtle goes here
"dragged my line about 500 yards" - that's interesting given that the pond in Radnor Park is about 200*150 feet.
You've never had a conversation with a fisherman before then. Exaggeration comes with the territory.
Piranha are the Chuck Norrises of the fish world. Of course they can drag his line 500 yards in a 200 foot pond.
Don't f... ...irahna with pirahna
It is interesting to reflect that a 1lb 4oz fish would have weighed considerably more than 1lb 4oz after it had eaten the entire arm of a grown man.
It'll be the overgrown pet of some brain-addled Kentish drug dealer, with a James Bond delusion.
They did laps.
No, I haven't - but I suppose an analogue would be most men (me included, I guess) talking about the "size of my sports car".
"I felt an almighty tug on my rod"
Funny? What's funny about that?
Nothing but appropriate angling terms here.
Ms. Bee and the disease of the double-entendre
Perhaps Ms. Bee was thinking in non-angling terms for a few moments, and inadvertently (or even intentionally!!) thought of a double-entendre connected with a phrase in the article.
I guess we can only hope that readers of El Reg don't catch this awful habit from her. Even the staff could, if this type of thing goes unchecked, become habituated and eventually addicted.
Almost every report about piranhas includes the standard phrase "skeletonise a cow" somewhere, and yet you managed to avoid it.
Thanks for correcting the omission
Just when we thought to be safe of the cow line..
Quite right, everyone knows they would eat the skeleton too.
"Felt an almighty tug on his rod"
Did he also get an almighty tug on his fishing pole as well?
Thank you, I'll be here all week.
First big cats in the countryside
and now piranha in our ponds.. it really is a jungle out there.
I'll get me coat, it's the one with the safari colours on it.
I would be on the hunt for the person who dumps these nasty fish into ponds.
If those fish killed anyone I loved then as punsihment I'd find the man and push him in there.
If someone dumped those fish they are several flavours of fuckstain, but piranhas don't kill people.
piranhas don't kill people
grow a brain and stop believing everything you see in the movies
I agree with your point about people discarding unwanted pets being fuckstains but the part about piranhas not killing people is not entirely true.
Piranhas will attack anything large in shoals, be it a fish, aquatic mammal or a careless human and these attacks are quite often fatal. Piranhas and sharks don't *actively* seek out humans, by, say, jumping on the Number 23 to Swindon kicking your front door in and devouring your family. They are opportunistic predators but predators none-the-less.
Flavours of fuckstain? Thanks for that - I'm eating my lunch....well, I was... :0(
piranhas don't kill people
People kill poeple!
The fish is acting purely on impulse...........
Oh! is that my coat............... all right no need to push
.. they just eat them. That they die in the process is just an unfortunate side effect :-)
Just kidding. One piranha is unlikely to be up to a complete cow or human anyway, it takes a school to do a decent, movie-compatible job. And with the current state of schools I can't see that happen.
Re: piranhas don't kill people
In that case:
Is that a piranha in your pocket, or have you just had a massive tug on your rod?
Piranhas don't kill people
People kill people.
What DO you mean...
"it generally feeds on insects, worms and other fish"
"Yes, yes. I bet you've got something terrifically funny to say about that. Please do share it with the class."
What ... are you suggesting that there is something else that smells like tuna?
At last, something that might beat the Rampant Rabbit ... but strictly a one time experience, of course.
Chilly Willy Piranah?
Of course the fact that these fish live in tropcial water with an average temperature of 24-26c might put a bit of a damper on things when winter comes?
of the time an aquarium (shop) went bust in St. Helens (Merseyside) and the guy dumped all his tropical fish in the "Hotties" (part of the Leeds / Liverpool canal that ran past the hot water outlet from the Pilkington glass works)
This made for some very exciting angling when I were a lad, a large variety of exotic fishies providing lots of almighty tugs on my rod down by that canal
What no Paris? I must correct that..
Why? Do I really need to spell it out?
Piranha Attack Reported In Sun.
Pull At Rod Initiates Scare.
Pond At Radnor Indeterminate Size.
Plum Assaults Radnor's Insectivorous Swimmer.
Piscine Amazonian Release Infiltrates South
I for one...
... welcome our new rod tugging, cow skeletonizing overlords.
We can boast about dangerous flora and fauna in the English countryside! Before all you could say when talking to Johnny Foreigner was that we had some rather dubious sightings of what might have been a large black cat but could have well been a large dog. Or maybe you could have mentioned the rather pathetic adder... they can give a right nasty nip you know? And lastly there's hedgehogs (very nasty to stand on one), irate badgers, and, of course, the fearsome miffed squirrel.
But you're forgetting ...
The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog
Adders are puffs.
Hedgehogs are Sonic?
Coat, taxi, etc.
no they won't breed
this will have been released by some idiot who didn't want his pet fish any more - there's probably only one anyway
regardless of how many there are, they'll all be dead by this time next year as they are tropical fish from the Amazon basin - they won't survive winter in the UK
as a fish keeper i'm pretty surprised it survived being chucked in the lake in the first place to be honest, you're meant to acclimate them gradually to get them used to even small variations in ph, nitrate levels etc.. chucking a bucket of tropical tank water into an english river wouldn't leave many survivors one would think.
unless they are unusually hardy fish i guess, anyone here keep any?
You're missing the obvious
Some kind of evil mad scientist has been working on piranhas adapted to the English, well Kentish, climate as part of a bid to take over dear old Blighty and use it as his base to take over the world...
... where's the Dr. Evil icon? muahaha!
Just one question
Nowhere in the story or in the comments so far has anyone asked the most important question.
Does it go with chips?
Hand grenade..the perfect fishing tool for Piranha
How Fast Can You Swim?
Wonder if this is just a PR publicity stunt for the upcoming Piranha 3D due out this year? Coincidence? Hmmmm,
You too can eat Piranha...the worm has turned!! Catch em and eat em, they'll die in winter anyway.
Piranhas aren't dangerous
"where gangs of them regularly strip the flesh from their victims in a terrifying frenzy of teeth and foaming water"
I hope that's Sun hyperbole and you don't believe EVERYTHING you read.
Bizarrely enough, the 'frenzy' myth started with Theodore Roosevelt:
Re: Piranhas aren't dangerous
It's irony. C'mon.
that The Daily Mail are running a story on how Piranhas cause cancer tomorrow.
Typical over exaggeration...
Fishermen huh!!! I'd be highly surprised if a single Pirhana could have taken his arm off lest it be on big mutant of a motherf**ing fish. OK, yes, maybe he could have gotten a fairly deep cut from the teeth, but the real threat of the Pirhana comes when there is a school of them... and only then that they are all hungry.
Incidentally, I had a nice tug on my rod last night ;-)
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