The Americas

It's Piranha Vs. Swimmers in Brazilian Beach Town

These omnivorous fish are known for their razor sharp teeth and appetite for flesh. There is of course also the famous story involving Teddy Roosevelt where South American guides showed him a pack of famished piranhas reducing a juicy cow to bones in less than 60 seconds.

These omnivorous fish are known for their razor sharp teeth and appetite for flesh. There is of course also the famous story involving Teddy Roosevelt where South American guides showed him a pack of famished piranhas reducing a juicy cow to bones in less than 60 seconds.  (LCRF)

At least 12 people have been attacked by piranhas on a beach in western Brazil, Globo News reported, in the first piranha attacks recorded in the area.

Brazilian authorities said the swimmers were attacked at Daveron beach in the western city of Caceres.

Roselene Fereira, 45, was nipped on her toe by a piranha Sunday.

"It was all over in minutes. I felt a sharp pain in my foot and when I looked, I had a huge wound on my toe and it bled a lot. Everyone ran out of the water and I panicked," she said. "I was with my granddaughter playing in the shallows ... I just know I'll never get in the river [again]."

A sign was later put up on the beach warning swimmers to take care when entering the water.