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Yesterday I saw a Piranha movie and thought that these fish are really demonic. I don't think they exist in the real world. Does the Piranha exist in the real world? Or is it just fiction?

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this isn't really a movie question. This is more of a natural sciences question. –  Ben Plont Dec 20 '13 at 5:43
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not really about movies or TV. –  Donald.McLean Dec 20 '13 at 6:07
I think only the wording is off-topic. The question could be something like "Are there really fishes like the Piranhas from <random b-movie flic>?" and then elaborate a bit more regarding aggressiveness, canibalization, etc. –  Mario Dec 20 '13 at 9:57
My brain hurts. –  Meat Trademark Dec 20 '13 at 11:58
At most SE sites we would just say "insufficient preliminary research" and move on. –  JYelton Dec 20 '13 at 19:29

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Yes piranhas really exist.here's a clip of some attacking another fish. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ3YIlT1ZDM

They have been known to skeletonize a cow in just a couple of minutes. The movie Piranha 3D tweaks them, but they are nasty buggers.

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In which country it exist? –  Monika Dec 20 '13 at 5:50
From wikipedia: (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piranha) Piranhas are indigenous to the Amazon basin, in the Orinoco, in rivers of the Guianas, in the Paraguay-Paraná, and the São Francisco River systems. –  Ben Plont Dec 20 '13 at 5:52
Although, to be honest, pretty much all movie depictions are exaggerated quite a "bit". They're typically not as aggressive/hungry as depicted, but it also depends on environmental conditions. Oh, and you can buy them for your home aquarium as well. –  Mario Dec 20 '13 at 9:56
@Paulster2 They survive on baby alligators and white marijuana. –  Meat Trademark Dec 20 '13 at 12:00
Some people actually keep them as "pets" ... I remember a local fish store when I was a kid which had them. Don't know why ... They are not very pretty. I guess it gets exciting when you feed them gold fish, though. –  Paulster2 Dec 20 '13 at 12:09

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