Gross or no?

ChristChristie 2012/07/09 21:51:28
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Right o, here's your last creepy creature of the day...
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the Tongue Eating Louse (Cymothoa exigua)
This is actually a parasite, and what it does is attaches itself to the inside of a fishes mouth when it is young; Males enter through the gills, Females enter into the mouth
They grow to adulthood, usually one male behind the female inside the fishes mouth.
This parasite literally sucks alllll of the blood out of the fishes tongue, causing the tongue to rot and fall off. So, the parasite attaches itself to the stub of the tongue, literally becoming the fish's tongue.

They live in the Pacific Ocean, right around the border of California. Now, these aren't harmful to humans unless you hold one while it's alive. In which case, it can and will bite.

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  • art1ej 2012/07/11 04:07:17
    No (Please leave a comment)
    Fascinating....Never heard of this before...
  • John Hall 2012/07/10 19:14:12
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    John Hall
    I've seen worse .
  • Vision of Verve 2012/07/10 18:03:06
  • ♥##**AWESOME♥B****##**♥ 2012/07/10 18:01:28
    Gross! (Please leave a comment)
  • ~[Rachel Mariee]~ 2012/07/09 22:00:15
    Gross! (Please leave a comment)
    ~[Rachel Mariee]~
  • The Colorful Vampire 2012/07/09 21:59:00
    The Colorful Vampire
    Gross but also cool
  • Sedated Whispers 2012/07/09 21:58:13
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    Sedated Whispers
    Gross! But its pretty sweet how it manages to creep inside creatures, make their tongue rot and then chill in their as if it were a tongue. Sheesh what a baller.
  • Boo! 2012/07/09 21:55:42
    Some ways it could be gross but i think its pretty damn cool
  • Quiet-is-feared 2012/07/09 21:53:20
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    Not so much gross.. that's actually kinda cool. It's amazing how some of the smaller creatures manage to do such harm.
  • Twinkle 2012/07/09 21:52:53
    Gross! (Please leave a comment)

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