In the southern Philippines, the world’s largest shark, the piranhas, are one of the most popular aquarium fish in the country.
A year-round resident of the Philippines, piranhas are found only in the northern part of the country where they have also been introduced to other parts of the world.
There are about 200,000 piranhao in the world, and the species is listed as endangered in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) with an estimated population of about 25,000.
While piranhawas can reach lengths of up to 2.5 feet (0.6 meters) and weigh more than 20 pounds (9 kg), they are considered “fishes of the sea” because they live only in shallow waters and are protected from human fishing.
These fish are not native to the Philippines.
But, since the introduction of the piranes to the islands, they have become the most common aquarium fish and have also become an attraction for tourists and locals alike.
Here are some of the best piranho spots in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao: