This month I snapped a couple of pictures during a live feeding session. I offered my Piranha's 5 Minnows of about 4" (10cm.) in length, about half the size of the Piranha's. I have no intention whatsoever to offer cheap thrills at the expense of defenseless feeder fish, but instead my aim is to illustrate the efficiency and swiftness of a Piranha attack, and also to show how even in captivity their hunting instinct will prevail. Despite the fact that these Piranha's had not been offered live food since more than two years, they started to hunt them down as soon as the Minnows were released. Within a minute all the feeders had disappeared, each of the attacks lasting only a fraction of a second, after which no trace of the feeder was left (the last picture of the series shows a Piranha that took and swallowed a Minnow just a fraction of a second earlier - all that is left is the tail fin, which can be seen behind the predator, whirling down towards the bottom).





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