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Pink dolphins and silver piranhas

SUBLIME ECO-TOURISM: A villager on the Amazon. Picture: Roderick Eime Source: News Limited RODERICK Eime journeys into the seldom visited Peruvian Amazon rainforest and finds much more than monkeys. No sooner have I dropped the little chunk of prime tenderloin in the muddy water than the battle begins. It starts with a teasing nibble but quickly becomes a ferocious tug of war as the ravenous little fish gets a hold of the hook and the line is quickly veering in all directions. A solid jerk on the line and he's stuck. I flick the rod, really just a bit of pointy stick with some line crudely tied, and a flash of silver and red is flying into the boat. Ola! exclaims Roland our field guide, this is the big bad boy of the Amazon. He's only a few hundred grams, but the short-nosed, red-bellied piranha is the nastiest little brute in the family, of which there are 35 known species. His razor-sharp fangs will easily take off the end of