Pranksters Arrested After Introducing Piranhas To Great Lakes

Cleveland | Six students from Cleveland State University have been arrested by the US Coast Guard after introducing a dozen piranhas in Lake Erie in an attempt to help spread the species as a “prank”.

The six biology students, who had planned the whole affair for months after breeding illegally specimens of the piranhas legally owned by the university in the home of one of the suspects, were arrested this afternoon after one of the students was conscience-stricken and warned local authorities of the plot.

Although six specimens of red-bellied piranhas, or Pygocentrus nattereri, a native of the Amazon basin, were seized by police officers before they were freed in Lake Erie, a dozen piranhas have been set free warns local deputy sheriff Adam Brooks.


Professor of Biology, Helmut Munschz, warns that because of warming temperatures, the piranhas could spread like wildfire in the region

The professor of Biology at the University of Cleveland was clearly alarmed at the news.

“This is highly irresponsible of them to be introducing a potentially deadly species next to such a huge population center,” he told local reporters.

“This species of piranhas spawns hundreds of eggs every two or three months. Since we are at the beginning of spring, a dozen piranhas could turn out to be thousands of piranhas in only a very short time” he admitted, visibly concerned.

“There is no way of tracking these fish or stopping them from spreading until winter comes and water temperatures lower enough for the species to be unable to live in such conditions” he explained nervously.


Red-bellied piranhas are known for their sharp teeth, powerful jaws, and voracious appetite for meat

Local authorities are asking citizens of the area with injuries to avoid the beaches as piranhas have a keen sense of smell. It has been estimated that piranhas can detect blood as far away as 2 miles, admit experts.

5 Comments on "Pranksters Arrested After Introducing Piranhas To Great Lakes"

  1. Richard Picone | June 12, 2016 at 10:15 pm | Reply

    It’s a fact piranhas cannot live in water that is below 55 degrees for more than 2 weeks. The ‘surviving’ piranha will be found at the point where the spring water enters the lake, because it is the warmest water.

  2. John Smith. Your an idiot! No wonder ignorant Americans like yourself are hated around the world. And your suppose to be an adult? LMAO, Your a pathetic excuse for a human being let alone an adult. Your on the same level as these kids….idiot.

  3. these idiots should be exspelled from school & never allowed back into college or university also serve a lengthy jail time in federal jail and if anyone is attacked they stay in jail

  4. Its not OK to introduce fish to great lakes that will never survive I agree. . But it’s OK to build a nuclear dump site 1.5 km from lake Huron? . should be more focused on this issue.

  5. And if they do multiply, why wouldent the adapt to thier surroundings and survive the winter? no more swimming in the great lakes? Michigan Dies, as well as Canada, because we can no longer use the great lake for recreation? This is basicly a Terriorist act!! and should be prosecuted as one!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.