Weymouth Sealife Visitors Asked To Keep It Down Around The Piranhas
9:26am 30th October 2014
They can strip flesh from bones in a matter of minutes - but these piranhas appreciate a bit of peace and quiet.
Weymouth Sea Life Park is asking visitors to keep it down walking past their seven-strong shoal of not-so fearsome fish to get the best viewing experience.
They discovered their latest additions to the Amazon Pod don't live up to their fearsome reputation and are actually shy and timid.
Displays Supervisor Kico Iraola said "Every Halloween, lots of people visit and think piranhas are fearsome and deadly fish. They are really interested in how we look after them and what they eat.
"As a matter of fact, they have just moved into this display and we had to very gradually gain their confidence as they were so reserved. After about two weeks they started coming out from behind the theming for guests to see.
"They are now comfortable having a steady stream of humans watching them and have become quite social fish but are easily alarmed."
The Amazon experience lends weight to a common theory that the infamous reputation of the piranha is a bit of myth.