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Old 12-09-2009, 08:35 PM   #1
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Fish tongue eating parasite discovered


"The sea-dwelling parasite attacks fish, burrows into it, and then devours its tongue. After eating the tongue, the parasite proceeds to live inside the fish's mouth. There's a horror film waiting to be made about this thing. Surprisingly, the fish doesn't seem to suffer any severe impediment--just the loss of its tongue--and seems to have no trouble surviving with its new, far uglier tongue.

While the isopod, a kind of louse, has been known to exist for a while now, discoveries of live specimens is rare. The BBC reports that "Fishermen near the Minquiers - islands under the jurisdiction of Jersey - found the isopod, a type of louse, inside a weaver fish." So no, the tongue-eater wasn't found in that Jersey. The Jersey Shore is still tongue replacing creature-free, if you stateside Northeasterners were worried about the thing ruining your late summer vacationing.

Not that you'd have to be too concerned anyways--the isopod isn't a threat to humans in the slightest, though it's reportedly vicious, and can deliver quite a little bite. One of the fishermen who found the creature described it thus: "Really quite large, really quite hideous - if you turn it over its got dozens of these really sharp, nasty claws underneath and I thought 'that's a bit of a nasty beast'." And while it can't seriously hurt people, it evidently doesn't like them: "It doesn't affect humans other than if you do actually come across a live one and try and pick it up - they are quite vicious, they will deliver a good nip."


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holy crap, strangest animal that I've ever seen.
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holy crap, strangest animal that I've ever seen.
very strange indeed, anyway if I was a parasite I wouldn't target the fishes tounge.
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Sounds scary.

EDIT: The one in the link looks a lot nicer.

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So if something looks ugly, you think it deserves to be blown up? For shame, SuperGamecube64.
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creepy looking, yet has an interesting way of using it's natural abilities, i guess.
rather neat =D
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No, It's just it's a parasite, and it DOES kinda look like one of the ones from Metroid 2....
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