There are actually several other weird stories that did not appear in either article, but I shall also leave them for another day.
But as we were talking, I pressed `send and receive` on my email server in a desultory manner, and then burst out laughing. Why? Because the first email that came up had the title 'Piranha in the Torridge':
The 35cm (14in) fish was spotted by Bob Collett, Dave Hoskin and Eddie Stevens during a sampling trip on the river.
Among the species the team would have expected to find in the river were salmon, brown trout, bullheads, stone loach and minnow.
"What we actually discovered was something we would not expect to find in our wildest dreams - we could hardly believe our eyes," Mr Stevens said.
"After completing 20m of the survey, a large tail emerged from the undercut bank on the far side of the river.
"Our first thought was that a sea trout had become lodged in amongst the rocks and debris collected under the bank, but when it was removed from the river we were speechless to find it was a piranha."Groovy synchronicity strikes again.