Shane wrote:Stingrays are the number one fear. A stingray sting can be fatal if you are far from medical attention and, even if you get some treatment, can still keep you bedridden for 2-3 months. Caribe (piranhas) are greatly feared by city dwelling South Americans, but country folk give them little thought. I have only ever seen a single piranha bite and it was a guy who got careless removing a fishing hook from a caribe's mouth. I have an article I wrot on caribes for the Polish aquarium magazine Akwaforum if anyone is interested in a copy contact me via PM. Fishermen from Ecuador to Colombia have an irrational fear of small pims. The minute they see one they either cut all the fins off with pliers or, with smaller fish, break them off by hand. A pim sting can hurt, but these guys handle small pims like rattlesnakes.
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