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Old 01-06-2005   #1 (permalink)
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Are Pirrana a problem?

Hate to ask, what could be a very silly question, but my daughter has been studying "sea life" and asked me if there would be pirrana in the Cenotes (or anywhere else) for that matter in PDC? I am talking about the ones of the fish variety not human species!

Any other dangers of the water or jungle variety that we should look for (stay away from)?????

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Hate to ask, what could be a very silly question, but my daughter has been studying "sea life" and asked me if there would be pirrana in the Cenotes (or anywhere else) for that matter in PDC? I am talking about the ones of the fish variety not human species!

Any other dangers of the water or jungle variety that we should look for (stay away from)?????

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i never saw any piranha while swimming offshore or snorkeling in Xel Ha
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Piranha are only found in the Amazon in South America, as far as I know. No worries!!

the needlefish scared me at first, but they are harmless. As are the manta rays in the ocean.
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Now I'm not to concerned about piranha, but your question as to other jungle hazards is interesting. When I was growing up, I lived in West Africa for a couple of years, and we had cobra, green mamba, etc. found in our yard. I don't know what snakes or insects are indiginous to the yucatan, and probably don't want to know.
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probably the biggest health hazard around here is excess of alcohol.
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probably the biggest health hazard around here is excess of alcohol.
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Old 01-06-2005   #7 (permalink)
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I was doing some reading on this very recently, just because I'm curious about indiginous species of areas I visit. The most dangerous things in the area appear to be barricuda and the very rare shark in the ocean, and the jaguar (!) in the jungle. As you see, these animals aren't exactly common so I wouldn't worry too much.
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isn't Mosquito a type of Piraha?
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Old 01-06-2005   #9 (permalink)
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Pirranas are only a problem if you're male and skinny dip
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keep in mind water temp.
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The only pirranas you have to worry about is if you are good looking and I have my camera near by.
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Just watch out for the land sharks.
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Old 01-06-2005   #13 (permalink)
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Did someone mention Pencil Fish???

So there are no Pirrana's but did someone say that there are pencil fish? What I have heard about them is less than pleasant...

what's the scoop????
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I said needlefish...silver, long and thin? Not in the cenotes but in the ocean and lagoons. Most are teeny, not threatening. shrug
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