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That's why I always wash my hands, cook my food thoroughly, and rarely eat out... so I can avoid something like that growing inside of me.
You may have seen this pic before:
It's a parasite called Ceratothoa imbricata and is found is South Africa.
Apparently, they've now found a relative of it off the coast of Jersey (not New Jersey):
Bizarre Tongue-Eating Parasite Discovered Off the Jersey Coast
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 animal 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 it 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 are 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.
Now, the picture above is a relative of the one discovered off the Jersey shore -- the one causing the ruckus, Cymothoa exigua, looks like this:
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Sounds like a made for TV movie on the Sci-fi channel starring Lou Diamond Phillips, reprising the role of sheriff (which he's played in about 30 other movies).
^Is that Jug Bay?
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I won't even watch that^^^^^ are you crazy!
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I see a centipede almost every day. Scary.
So, I was just in the shower and as soon as I'm covered in soap, I look up and see a giant bright orange spider staring me down. I still had to close my eyes and rinse off. Terror level 100
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