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

ocean-satellite-image National Aquarium, On Location: Kennedy Space Center

The National Aquarium will attend the launch of NASA’s newest satellite–and will share all the action live on social media!

Read the full story

floating-wetland-planting Harbor Happenings: New Floating Wetland 

We installed a new floating wetland prototype within our Waterfront Campus last week!

Read the full story

Related Stories

Animal Update: Paradise Tanagers

Published August 18, 2017

Sharks: Survival of the Fittest

Published July 26, 2017