Someone apparently set a red piranha loose in a Louisiana State University lake – and wildlife officials are wondering if more of the sharp-toothed fish are lurking under the surface.
A piranha caught last week in University Lakes was probably somebody’s idea of a pet, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said.
The fish, a B-horror movie staple, is native to South America and illegal in Louisiana.
“While their reputation in popular culture labels them as a vicious predator, piranhas are more likely to scavenge for dead or dying prey, including fish or crustaceans,” the release stated.
Still, the department advised caution if anyone encounters a red piranha.
“If you have information, or if you think you caught a piranha, please do not return it to the water,” the release said.
A view of the lake and Memorial Tower on the campus of the Louisiana State University where the piranha was found.Collegiate Images via Getty Images