Dubai's The Green Planet is now home to 1,000 flesh-eating fish

Piranhas are the latest addition to the indoor bio-dome’s aquatic life

Dubai's The Green Planet is now home to 1,000 flesh-eating fish
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They’re known to be the vicious, usually evil creatures of the sea. Well, in movies at least. The Green Planet, Dubai’s first indoor eco-system, has just welcomed 1,000 of the big screen-popular piranhas to its aquatic collection.

Now part of its ever-growing family of flora and fauna, the red-bellied species – deemed as one of the most aggressive and dangerous of their kind – are known for their razor-sharp bites, capable of taking mouth-sized chunks of flesh out of other creatures.

Experts will be on hand to educate the public and debunk some of those Hollywood myths daily at 4pm, where visitors can watch the fish feeding aquarium.

Kids will now get the opportunity to experience a rare, up-close look at the famously ferocious creatures from South America. The latest addition to the popular attraction will take up home in the Flooded Rainforest, alongside fellow aquatic life including Motoro Rays and Archer Fish. Fear not, you'll not get too close.

Visitors young and old can find over 3,000 plants and animals, plus the world’s largest indoor man-made and life-sustaining tree, at The Green Planet. The school of piranhas will be joining a host of exotic and rare creatures, including the Linnaeus two-toed sloth, Burmese python, squirrel monkey, sugar gliders and a bat cave.

Fun facts, piranhas bark – and some of them are vegetarians.
Dhs99 (adults), Dhs74 (kids aged three-11), free (kids under three). Open Sat-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu-Fri 10am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street www.thegreenplanetdubai.com (04 317 3999).

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