CLEVELAND – Prankster who introduced piranhas in Lakes to help spread the species as a “prank”, has been arrested from Cleveland State University.
The biology student, who had planned the whole affair for months after breeding illegally specimens of the piranhas legally owned by the university in the home, was arrested this afternoon after
A student from the university warned/informed local authorities about a biology students, who had planned the whole affair for months after breeding specimens of the piranhas.
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 Eerie, a dozen piranhas have been set free warns local deputy sheriff Adam Brooks.
The Biology professor at the University said:
I am shocked, this is highly irresponsible to introduce a potentially deadly species next to such a huge population center. This species of piranhas spawns hundreds of eggs every two or three months. A dozen piranhas could turn out to be thousands of piranhas in only a very short time. There is no way stopping them from spreading until winter comes and water temperatures lower enough for the species to be unable to live in such conditions.
Local authorities have warned and are asking locals of the area with injuries to avoid the lakes and beaches as piranhas have a keen sense of smell. It has been estimated that piranhas can detect blood as far away as 2 miles.