Watch: Red-bellied Piranha Feeding

Published January 09, 2015

piranha

Native to the Amazon River Basin, red-bellied piranhas are primarily scavengers, feeding on weak, injured and dead animals, as well as the occasional plant material. A set of razor-sharp teeth help them to remove bite-sized portions of larger meals. 

Here at the National Aquarium, the small school of red-bellied piranhas in the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit are fed pieces of fish several times a week. 

Herpetologist CJ Weaver recently caught one of these feedings on film, by attaching fish to a feeding pole equipped with a GoPro camera. Check out the video below!

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates from our team!

Previous Post

Featured Stories

phil-release-on-beach Animal Rescue Update: Phil’s Release!

Phil was successfully rehabilitated and returned to the ocean!

Read the full story

beach-shore-dunes How to Be an Environmentally Responsible Beach Visitor

Show your appreciation for our coastal areas by being an environmentally responsible beach visitor, this Memorial Day weekend and beyond!

Read the full story

Related Stories

Animal Update: Green Honeycreeper

Published July 21, 2017

Five Facts about Menhaden

Published July 13, 2017