NASTY LITTLE CRITTERS: Eric Martin shows off the piranhas he caught.
NASTY LITTLE CRITTERS: Eric Martin shows off the piranhas he caught.

Yep, the fish were biting

By JULIA ILES

julia.iles@dailyexaminer.com.au

ERIC Martin and his son Matthew took the trip of a lifetime to South America where they swam with piranha, took in Brazil's Carnivale and danced Samba-style along the length of the Copacabana Beach.

"Ever since I read about South America at school, I wanted to visit there and it was better than I thought possible," the Grafton resident said.

For three weeks in March they travelled throughout South America, including including parts of Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

The men spent five days around the Amazon River in Manaus, Brazil, where they treked through jungles, met indigenous people, went on river cruises, helicopter rides and fished.

"There is this myth that piranha are much more dangerous than they are, sure they have razor sharp teeth, but you only have to worry if you have cuts or sores on you," Mr Martin said.

"We went swimming in the river where the piranha lived, but the guides didn't seem too worried. Like sharks, piranha are attracted to blood."

He said piranhas were pretty looking fish, with bright, bold colours.

"One of the piranhas I caught was multi-coloured that shone in different lights, like that type of wrapping paper," he said.

"They are quite small too and only grow from 12 to 15 centimetres.

"When I took them off the hook they snapped around and tried to bite me, but all fish like flathead do that."



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