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Flesh-eating piranhas found in Greece river

Greece,Human Interest/Society,Environment/Wildlife, Thu, 09 Aug 2012 IANS

Athens, Aug 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Two flesh-eating piranha fish have been caught in a river separating Turkey from Greece.

A Turkish fisherman caught an 18-inch piranha in the Evros river July 31.

Earlier this week, a Greek fisherman caught a nine-inch piranha on a fishing rod, using sweet corn as bait.

Piranhas, known for their sharp teeth, voracious appetites, and occasional cannibalism, inhabit South American rivers. It is not clear how the fish got into the Evros.

The river has been a major entry point for illegal migrants from Asia into Europe. Last year, more than 55,000 people crossed the river to get into Greece, a 17-percent rise from the year before, according to Frontex, the European Union's border protection agency.

Earlier this year, Greek authorities started building a 12-km fence along the border to prevent illegal immigration, a move criticised by human rights groups.

--IANS/RIA Novosti


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