Each every now and then, nature reveals something that appears prefer it got here straight out of a horror film.
State park employees in Texas lately revealed a picture of a fish with a dwelling parasite in its mouth, instead of its tongue.
In accordance with the state, the creature is a tongue-eating louse.
“Martian noticed at Galveston Island State Park,” the put up begins.
It continues, “Okay, so probably not… however that is nonetheless fairly spooky! Inside this Atlantic Croaker’s mouth is a parasitic isopod known as a tongue-eating louse. This parasite detaches the fish’s tongue, attaches itself to the fish’s mouth, and turns into its tongue.”
The put up concludes, “It additionally occurs to be the one recognized case the place a parasite functionally replaces a bunch’s organ. It doesn’t kill the fish or have an effect on people.”
The louse apparently feeds off the fish’s mucus. Gross, however true.
On the Parks and Wildlife put up, many commenters appeared alarmed by the photograph.
One individual wrote: “I do know that some say it will not damage you however I might by no means eat any fish if this factor was discovered inside it.”