Essay on Piranhas

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When you think of piranhas, you probably think about a fierce fish with
razor sharp teeth. You might even think of a river that looks like its boiling with
swarms of hungry fish, eating an animal all the way down to its bone in just a few
minutes. I don't think you would want to get close to a piranha. But in reality, if
you did, the piranha would look at you and decide that you weren't really good to
eat and just leave you alone and swim away.
Even the scientists who study piranhas don't agree with each other on
how dangerous piranhas are to people. There is no proof that a piranha has ever
killed a person. Most piranha bites happen when fishermen try to take the
piranha off the hook and piranha bites them. A lot of fishermen have lost fingers
and toes to piranhas this way.
Piranhas live in most of South America and nowhere else in the world.
The piranhas range from southern Venezuela to the northern part of Argentina.
They are found in all of the major rivers in South America that flow into the
Atlantic Ocean, including the Amazon, Orinoco, Esscquibo, La Plata, and Sao
Francisco. They are lowland fish that live in big rivers and small streams. They
also inhabit lagoon, ponds, lakes, and reservoirs. They live in fresh waters in
tropical forests and tropical savannas, or grasslands. Piranhas don't live in
mountain streams or mountain lakes, probably because the water is way too cold
and also because the water flows too fast that they can't catch the fish living in it.
The piranha's ancestors first showed up 100 million years ago. They
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