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See piranha, up close and personal

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MEDIA RELEASE from the Flint RiverQuarium

Albany, GA - Movie-goers who visit the Carmike Wynnsong Theater Saturday to view the thriller Piranha 3-D will get a chance to learn a few facts about the toothy fish when Flint RiverQuarium staff present an on-site program, The Truth Behind the Teeth.

It is complete with a 20-gallon tank of red-bellied piranhas. The staff will be present and available for questions prior to the 12:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. show times.

"We received a new shipment of baby piranhas last week to replace some who had outgrown their tank at the RiverQuarium," said Flint Riverquarium curator Richard Brown. "With the opening of Piranha 3-D at the Wynnsong we thought it was a timely opportunity to share some factual information about the piranha."

Although the piranha's legendary feeding frenzies can make for great movie scenes, in reality piranhas are not nearly as aggressive or as destructive as they are portrayed.

Piranhas are native to the Amazon River basin and can be viewed in the Flint RiverQuarium's Amazon River tank in the World of Water exhibit.

The Flint RiverQuarium is southwest Georgia's premier aquarium, featuring more than 1,000 animals that call the Flint River watershed home.  The Flint RiverQuarium is located at 101 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany, Georgia. Regular operating hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.