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From the Gross Dept: The Marine Parasite That Becomes a Fish Tongue [VIDEO]

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From the Gross Dept: The Marine Parasite That Becomes a Fish Tongue [VIDEO]

Have you heard about Cymothoa Exigua, the fish tongue eating sea louse?

It’s pretty gross. I mean really gross.

The Cymothoa Exigua is a marine parasite that is, shall we say, a bit clingy.

Once attached to a fish tongue, the Cymothoa Exigua will suck all the blood out until the tongue atrophies. The fish will then use the louse as a prosthetic tongue to eat food.

How about that.

Cymothoa Exigua are commonly found in fish off the California coast. They have also been found in Atlantic red snapper.
So, take a minute to learn more about the utterly disgusting Cymothoa Exigua in this clip from NOVA.

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