Watch: "The Most Dangerous Fishing Event" Featuring 1,000 Flesh-Eating Piranhas

For this popular event, about 1,000 razor-toothed, flesh-eating piranhas are flown in to Japan especially from the Amazon River in South America

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It's hard to believe that something that is today labelled as "the most dangerous fishing event in Japan" actually started out as an April Fool's Day prank - but that's exactly how this piranha catching event began. Today, for this popular event, about 1,000 razor-toothed, flesh-eating piranhas are flown in to Japan especially from the Amazon River in South America - each in its own individual container. Guests then queue up to catch these dangerous fish.

As per a report by Euro News, it all started as an April Fool's Day prank, when people took the organiser's joke about a piranha fishing event seriously. Yano Tomoyuki explains: "I said that I was importing 100,000 piranhas into Japan for a piranha fishing event. I thought it was very obviously a joke. However, some people didn't understand it was a joke and kept calling me asking, where can I buy tickets? Is this a real event? When is it starting?"

Yano goes on to elucidate on the objective behind this fishing event: "The goal of this event was to teach people about the different types of meats from around the world. When I was travelling around the world, I tried many different types of meats, so I wanted to create an event where I could share the customs of these different countries."

The piranhas, however, are not on the menu - they are caught and returned to the pond.

Piranhas are described as "extremely predatory" fish, famous for their sharp teeth and powerful jaws.

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