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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
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Posted:Is this parasite messed up or what?!
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Tongue-eating bug found in fish


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The bug inside the fish

A gross creature which gobbles up a fish's tongue and then replaces it with its own body has been found in Britain for the first time.

The bug - which has the scientific name cymothoa exigua - was discovered inside the mouth of a red snapper bought from a London fishmonger.

The 3.5cm creature had grabbed onto the fish's tongue and slowly ate away at it until only a stub was left.

It then latched onto the stub and became the fish's "replacement tongue".

Scientists are very excited by the find.

Dr Jim Brock of the Horniman Museum in south London told Metro newspaper: "I have not seen this species in all my 13 years at the museum so it's a remarkable find."


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What the bug looks like

The bugs are usually found off the coast of California, so it's possible the fish was imported to the UK.

But don't be too freaked out - scientists say the creature does not pose any threat to humans and only attaches itself to fish tongues.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4200000/newsid_4209000/4209004.stm
br>oh dear


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Gnor
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Lice are horrid and cooking your fish is a good idea


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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Posted:^^^ that's it then,
i'll never eat hosts' feces again!!


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falloutboy
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Location: Melbourne, Australia, Earth, M...
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Posted:Distuuuuuuuuuurrrrrbing!

As a side note, bender seems to be missing his ... Which means we don't haveta pay those damn oppressive royalties anymore! Woo, power to the people! smile

bender bender bender bender. heh.


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roarfire
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Posted:That's disgusting!

*slides her dinner to the side* Eww!


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TinklePants
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Posted:*starts scratching all over*
eeewww parasites... creepy crawlies.... get it off! get it off!
*strips off and runs naked through the forums of HoP* ubblol


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Gnor
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Posted:Written by: bender

^^^ that's it then,
i'll never eat hosts' feces again!!




nothing worse than 3rd hand host faeces


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Im in a lonely battle with the world with a fish to match the chip on my shoulder. Gnu in Binnu in a cnu

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Mynci
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Posted:Makes me glad I don't eat fish.... just keep them as nice friendly pets....

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Skulduggery
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Location: Wales
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Posted:ubblol What an amazing creature!

Feed me Chocolate!!! Feed me NOW!

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Lemonkey
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Posted:Wow, never seen anything like that before.

Willy - is bad for your health...

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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:im kind of with skully - amazing creature...just kind of freakes me out tho!

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
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Pigeon_Wigeon
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Posted:I'm glad I dont eat fish... I'm also glad my tongue is my own... amazing if very very disturbing creature.. what does it do after its eaten the tongue.. attached itself.. and ran out of food?

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Fine_Rabid_Dog
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Posted:*shudders*

I eat fish, but thats definatly a put off... eugh...


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Igirisujin
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Posted:OH! It just came to me, all your tonge piercings hopers seem to like so much would make a lovley one bedroom flat for these paracites...

haha have I made you all paranoid now? ubblol


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Charles
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Posted:Ok...now I feel even more grateful for my opposable thumbs.

oh and eeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!


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VampyricAcid
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Posted:i'm with skully, hey do you think if it latched onto a human tongue it'd take control of the voice box and be able to speak and try to take over the world from its mouthy hideout???

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ficklampa
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Posted:uhm...*yuck* eek
thats really nasty.
haha nice thinking there vampyricacid:P
it would be like in the movie faculty.


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JonnyRok
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Location: Sunny South Africa
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Posted:Hmmm... interesting.

The world ruled by a louse. But if we dont open our mouths it cant get in!!! wink

Everyone! Keep your mouths shut for as long as possible!

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OK, well Im hungry now so I guess there goes that plan, Im gonna go eat something, maybe some fish? ubbloco

But on a more serious note, what does it do after it replaces the tongue?


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linden rathen
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Posted:i assume it eats some of what the fish eats...

mmm fish

i wonder what the louse tastes like.... tongue


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Pigeon_Wigeon
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Posted:Go stick your head in a river and find out biggrin

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JauntyJames
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Posted:That's pretty cool!

-James

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Doc Lightning
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Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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Posted:I find this very disturbing.

-Mike )'(
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LostSurfer
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Posted:Don't if anyone bought the UK guardian yesterday, but in the Weekend supplement there is a review of a book called Extreme Nature by Mark Carwadine. The Cymothoa exigua won the Most Gruesome tongue. My fave is the largest eye belonging to the collasol squid, they have only caught one intact specimen and that one was 17ft long, but they reckon they grow up 15metres (49ft)!!!

"Everything in moderation. Even moderation itself. From this it follows that you must, from time to time, have excess. And this is going to be one of those occasions"

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Igirisujin
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Posted:I saw a progtam once (kinda like an american jackass) where these guys whent to see a guy who examines dead giant squid. They tried putting one on the table and it was so slippery it fell off onto the floor and it exploded in all its rotting fish glory on the pavement. That was funny

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Fine_Rabid_Dog
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Posted:Jackass is american wink

That was Wildboyz... I saw that epsiode. It rocked biggrin


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Flame Boy
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Posted:Hmmm, tasty!

AAARRRGGGHHH!!! My giant stick broke!!! In two!!! My stick broke in two!!! ubbcrying

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