They're a staple of B-movies, relentless aquatic killers, swarming hapless victims and stripping the flesh from their bones.
They are the South American piranha. And they've come to Palm Beach County.
Jake Duchene, 15, hooked a red-bellied piranha about three weeks ago in a retention pond near his Palm Springs townhome. Since then, state wildlife officials have found two more, and on Tuesday poisoned the whole lake to get rid of any straggling piranhas.