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Could piranhas invade SC waters?

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Hartwell Fishing and Marine on Lake Hartwell in Anderson. (Feb. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina) Hartwell Fishing and Marine on Lake Hartwell in Anderson. (Feb. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A new sharp-toothed fish that bites could soon call South Carolina home.

Piranha's are things you see in the movies and places like the Amazon.

A group of scientists said global warming could make our waters just right for piranhas. The report released along with the South Carolina Wildlife Agency said piranhas could make their way to our state in the next 70 years, but the SC Department of Natural Resources isn't worried.

DNR Capt. Robert McCullough told us there would have to be several major changes to the weather for piranhas to invade South Carolina waters. 

"Our water here in the state don't get cold enough where they can survive in our ecosystem right now," he said. 

Rising temperatures in Florida have already caused piranhas to move into those waters, but experts here don't believe they will call South Carolina home.  

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