Bizarre Tongue-Eating Parasite Discovered Off the Jersey Coast

No, it’s not the latest cast member from MTV’s Jersey Shore. It’s even more disturbing:
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There’s been a spate of amazing animal discoveries recently–the giant rat-eating plants found in the Philippines, a huge woolly rat discovered in a volcanic crater–and now, yet another creature has emerged that could be right out of a sci-fi film. It’s a bizarre creature that survives by eating its hosts’ tongue and then attaching itself inside the mouth.

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.

  • Word Eater

    It isn't exactly new: http://animal.discovery.com/news/briefs/2005091

    But still fantastically disturbing.

  • Niklas

    I cant source this, but I am EXTREMELY sure that I have read about this parasite a long time ago…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymothoa_exigua

    Ah yes. And one of the sources even date back to 1983…

  • gomer

    Parasite is to fish tongue as Rush Limbaugh is to the Republican Party.

  • dumbsaint

    If you focus in on it's face, it's kinda cute.

  • gg

    That fish has human like teeth!!

  • gg

    That fish has human like teeth!!

  • Smoog

    Since when did Fish have tongues?  Did I
    just jump into a parallel universe again?

  • Smoog

    Since when did Fish have tongues?  Did I
    just jump into a parallel universe again?

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