Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Starting with Brazil

This blog is a muster of things that people are afraid. Started by fears of Brazil, specifically in the Amazon, there is a small animal whose natives are very afraid. It is a fish known as "candiru" (its scientific name is Vandellia cirrhosa), which measures about 8 centimeters.

But why people are afraid of a fish of 8 centimeters? The truth is that the candiru is a parasite and it is attracted by urea, which is present in our urine. So when people swim in rivers where the "candiru" lives, it enters in the urethra of people. That same. It is very dangerous to swim without clothes in rivers where the "candiru" lives. After that it hosts the body of the victim, he need to do surgery to remove it.

It may seem legend, but it is true.

See now a video about the "candiru".


Ana Maria said...

What an interesting topic! I had never heard about this fish. Do u know where they live?
You did a great job with this first post, added a picture, a link to a video and a great text. I´m afraid of chicken, hahahaha. I guess I already told that in class, but I guess it´s not worth to write a post about them.

Start visiting other blogs at


Ana Maria said...

Wow, the film is really scary. Can you imagine how much it hurts?


Luis Fernando said...

You've done a great job!Nice research!I knew about this fish, but your work made everything clearer!

Excellent topic!

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Luis Fernando said...
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Ana Maria said...

Dear Kaisa,

Luis Fernando´s blog is
I´m going to include it in our pageflakes too.


Ronaldo Lima, Jr. said...

Hey Kaisa!

I simply LOVED you blog! I'll definitely follow it religiously, please don't stop posting. Everything here is appealing, the title raised my curiosity, the pic in the banner is great and the post (especially the video) is awesome.

I believe I'll develop some phobias that I didn't have by reading your blog (I must say I've just become Candiruphobic) . Maybe I'll eventually be afraid of your blog too...

Ronaldo Lima, Jr. said...

I was so amazed with your post that I forgot to say: I'm an English teacher in Brasília, and my students are also developing blogs. Why don't you pay them a visit and leave some comments? That's a nice way to advertise your blog too. They're blogs are at http://finally5b.21classes.com

Luis Fernando said...

Hi Kaísa,

Yes, definitely you were my student at UFU!It's very bice to hear from you!Also it's nice to see how much you have been dedicating to your blog!

Continue doing the great qork you have been...


Luis F. C. Pinto

Raquel Oliveira said...

I'm soooo afraid of this little fish! I always advise my friends when they visit Brazil and Amazon.