WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Three friends were fishing at a lake in Brazil on Sunday when they were attacked by bees.
- In a panic, they jumped into the lake to escape, only to realize that the lake was filled with piranhas.
- Two of them managed to swim away safely, but one man was bitten by the piranhas and drowned.
A man from Brazil reportedly jumped into a lake to escape from bees, only to be eaten by the piranhas that resided in the lake.
According to a report from the Brazilian newspaper Estado de Minas, the 30-year-old man was fishing with his two friends on Sunday at a lake in the municipality of Brasilândia de Minas in southern Brazil.
They were then attacked by a swarm of bees, so they all jumped into the lake. They soon realized that the lake was filled with piranhas. The man’s two friends were able to swim away safely. When the fire department was contacted, authorities found the dead body of the man four meters away from the shoreline.
It seemed that the piranhas tore apart several parts of his face and body, which was disfigured.
While it’s still not clear if the cause of death is the piranha attack or drowning, authorities said that the man was found in a position that is commonly seen in drowning.
Piranhas are well-known carnivorous fish with razor-sharp teeth. They rarely attack humans, but their attacks are deadly.
They are mostly native to South America, where around 30 species of piranhas reside in the Amazon River basin. But they are also found in some areas in North America, Central America, and Hawaii.
Sometimes, they are found in lakes that are not their original habitat. Some say that people may have dumped them there from an aquarium.
Over the past few decades, piranhas have been found in various parts of the U.S.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife warned that dumping piranhas on lakes outside of their native habitat could cause them to “not only prey on native species but compete with them for food and habitat as well, which could lead to a reduction in the abundance and diversity of native species.”