Friday, September 23, 2005

Parasite for Sore Eyes

So there's this crustracean, or bug of the sea, called cymothoa exigua. It's a parasite, so you know this is going to be good. I hope you're not eating. This little bug(ger) crawls inside a fish's mouth and eats its tongue down to a stub. As if that's not horrible enough, cymothoa then attaches itself inside the mouth in place of the tongue so that it can take little pieces of whatever the fish eats. Poor fishy thinks he's just manipulating his tongue to get some food, but really he's waving around a frickin' crustacean. And if you're not disgusted enough yet, here's a picture:

And here's another one:

Link (via BoingBoing).

Remember, when you're swimming: eyes open, mouth closed. Happy Friday!

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