� Jeff Waugh
I went fishing I caught my first fish,
my second fish and third fish!!!
They were all piranhas.
|Catching my first fish ever
was so much fun!!! I used a stick, fishing line, a small hook and
some chicken for bait. When you feel them bite just
pull the line up quickly. That's how I caught my first three fish.
They had really sharp teeth and our guide held it to show me the
teeth. They also have spines on their backs that can hurt you so
|I caught a few more
piranhas but I didn't pull them in. I hooked a really big piranha but it
The Big One...
We also went out on
the river in the canoe to fish for catfish. Chumpi (our Achuar guide) caught a big catfish.
Our other guide said there are 200 pound catfish in the river! We saw
some pink river dolphins in the river where we were fishing. There were
three or four and one baby swimming there. It was cool seeing them again.
Fishing is such hard work!
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Piranhas are only found naturally in South America. They are found
in the Amazon, Orinoco, Guayana, San Francisco, Paraguay and Parana
river drainages. The piranhas reputation as a dangerous carnivore
is somewhat over exaggerated. Generally, they are considered to be
omnivorous and feed on a variety of different types of food such as
seeds, fruit, leaves, snails, insects, fish and meat. Piranhas usually
leave people and other large mammals alone. They may be more dangerous
to people in the dry season when there is less water in the rivers and
less of their natural food. It is at times like these when food does
appear that they may go into a "feeding frenzy". NEVER enter
the water when there is a piranha "feeding frenzy" - you may
lose some fingers or toes!
Many of the indigenous people of South
America (like the Achuar) use the piranha teeth to sharpen darts for
their blow guns. They may also use the teeth in necklaces.