Beauty for a Price

errlee:

funkysafari:

TONGUE-EATING LOUSE

Family: Cymothoidae

‘Fun’ Fact:  This creature enters a fish’s body through its gills, attaches itself to the base of the fish’s tongue and extracts blood from the tongue with its claws. In fact, this isopod drinks so much blood that the tongue atrophies away, starved of all nutrients. Then it replaces the tongue by attaching itself to the muscles of the exposed tongue stub. The fish uses the louse as if the parasite were its very own tongue.


Somethings are so awesomely disturbing that you have to share. Thank you Funky Safari for making my day.

(via pricklylegs)