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Mac H.
09-13-2009, 02:35 PM
Remember the alien in the classic movie?

Instead of a tounge, it had a separate set of jaws and teeth.

Now look at this picture from real life:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/upload/2009/09/isnt_nature_beautiful/isopod.jpeg
OK - strictly speaking it is a pair of animals living together in some kind of skewed symbiosis*, with the isopod having eaten the animal's tongue, and then burrowing in and living in the tongue's place.

There is a discussion of it on Pharyngula, which is where the picture comes from:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/09/isnt_nature_beautiful.php

To quote a BBC article in 2005:


Despite its feeding habits, the louse was described as being a "harmless natural phenomenon" by Councillor Andrew Brown, Lewisham's cabinet member for the environment.

The creature is believed to be the only one in the natural world which eats and replaces a host's organ.


Mac
(*Note Perhaps it is strictly a parasite. But I'd like to think the host get's something out of the deal, though.)

aadams73
09-13-2009, 02:42 PM
Excuse me while I go and throw up...

*shudders*

Wayne K
09-13-2009, 02:45 PM
I have relatives who are worse than that.

Vincent
09-13-2009, 03:23 PM
(*Note Perhaps it is strictly a parasite. But I'd like to think the host get's something out of the deal, though.)

Anything that eats my tongue and lives in my mouth is a parasite in my book.

Samantha's_Song
09-13-2009, 04:17 PM
I loved some of the comments on the link to this. :D Some of the other links in there were very interesting too, like the big coconut crabs.

Thinks... Starship Troopers

Susie
09-13-2009, 08:12 PM
I think I'll hold off eating my chocolate. That pic. is great if you're on a diet. :D Scary as hell.

Kurtz
09-13-2009, 08:20 PM
http://i31.tinypic.com/11tyc9d.jpg

Perks
09-13-2009, 08:22 PM
Oh. My. God.

I can't decide whether to pass out or cheer. That is incredible.

Angie
09-13-2009, 08:52 PM
That's simultaneously the coolest and the most disgusting thing I've seen today.

Gregg
09-13-2009, 08:52 PM
Thanks a lot. You just ruined my lunch.


*gags*

Romantic Heretic
09-13-2009, 09:01 PM
Mother Nature is a child abuser. ;)

CACTUSWENDY
09-13-2009, 09:14 PM
Wow. Thanks for the link. Shudders.

<<<<runs and checks the mirror.......

Cranky
09-13-2009, 09:30 PM
That's simultaneously the coolest and the most disgusting thing I've seen today.

Ditto. Nature at it's most amazing and gross. Funny how often it's both at the same time.

Ewwww!

DL Hegel
09-13-2009, 09:37 PM
Very cool, can I adopt it?

jennontheisland
09-13-2009, 09:38 PM
(*Note Perhaps it is strictly a parasite. But I'd like to think the host get's something out of the deal, though.)
It lives in its mouth. Eats there. Never leaves. Yeah, I'll tell you what the host's getting out of the deal.

DL Hegel
09-13-2009, 09:43 PM
It lives in its mouth. Eats there. Never leaves. Yeah, I'll tell you what the host's getting out of the deal.

They will book him on a talk show and he'll become a diet trend-setter for hollywood stars?

Samantha's_Song
09-13-2009, 09:47 PM
:roll:

They will book him on a talk show and he'll become a diet trend-setter for hollywood stars?

billythrilly7th
09-14-2009, 06:55 PM
I think I may have made out with something similar to that Saturday night.

cray
09-14-2009, 06:57 PM
I think I may have made out with something similar to that Saturday night.


was her name robieieaieiaie?

Priene
09-14-2009, 07:18 PM
Nuke the planet from space. It's the only way to be sure.

bettielee
09-14-2009, 07:42 PM
by any chance, is the creature in the mouth controlling the fish-thing by holding onto its tonsils? Because I think I saw something like that on Ace of Cakes...

KTC
09-14-2009, 07:47 PM
Somebody please tell me how I can go about unlearning this. Now.

dgrintalis
09-14-2009, 07:57 PM
I have to say, that is pretty cool, in a sick and disturbing sort of way. :D

Millicent M'Lady
09-14-2009, 08:25 PM
From the comments:


It enters through the gills when the fish isn't looking and latches on to the base of its tongue, from which it drinks fishblood. As it grows, less blood reaches the tongue, which atrophies. The %$#&%@! then attaches itself to the tongue stub, whereupon THE FISH USES IT LIKE A NORMAL TONGUE. It doesn't even eat the fish's food. It just sucks up either blood or fish mucus.

Mucus! And IT FUNCTIONALLY REPLACES THE TONGUE. AND THE FISH IS OKAY WITH THIS!!

I'm gonna be sick... :( It's the most disturbingly amazing thing I've ever seen!:D

Millicent M'Lady
09-14-2009, 08:27 PM
Also- Any explanation why that fish has human teeth? This whole thread is made of serious WTF! :ROFL:

Samantha's_Song
09-14-2009, 09:00 PM
I'm beginning to think that I'm the only one who this picture didn't give me the yuck factor to? :D I thought the little thing in the fish' mouth was quite cute and liked one of the comments on the original site, when they said, "Aw, it even smiled for the camera." lol

cray
09-14-2009, 09:02 PM
Somebody please tell me how I can go about unlearning this. Now.




*flashes ktc*







no problem, kevin. anytime.

bettielee
09-14-2009, 09:06 PM
It enters through the gills when the fish isn't looking

and it appears to possess the higher level of the ninja skillz.

run! everybody run!

Millicent M'Lady
09-14-2009, 09:16 PM
and it appears to possess the higher level of the ninja skillz.

run! everybody run!

It's evolved- save yourself!

http://www.danielroper.com/danielroper.com/Fish%20Wrangler_files/ninja_fish_full.jpg

Lyra Jean
09-14-2009, 09:29 PM
Is this creature from bizarro world. But SF writers' now have a new (not so new) believable creature to work with?

JoNightshade
09-14-2009, 09:33 PM
Oh geez where's a barfy-smiley when you need it?

Izz
09-14-2009, 11:48 PM
Also- Any explanation why that fish has human teeth? Yeah, what's with the human teeth? They need whitening.

Cella
09-15-2009, 02:31 AM
I just don't think it's all that gross.

Would I want it in my mouth? No. Probably not.

MsGneiss
09-15-2009, 04:03 AM
I just want to say - that is incredibly cool! (Is it real?)

KTC
09-15-2009, 05:18 AM
*flashes ktc*







no problem, kevin. anytime.

i now know more than i ever wanted to know about batteries. oh. the humanity.

Angie
09-15-2009, 05:33 AM
i now know more than i ever wanted to know about batteries. oh. the humanity.

What humanity? I thought you said it was a battery.

Haggis
09-15-2009, 05:39 AM
That pic would make someone a great avatar, wouldn't it, cray?

Leukman
09-15-2009, 05:54 AM
Ya know, the combination of that picture and cray flashing kevin is just too much for this forum to handle. I fear sudden implosion. Brace yourselves.

scarletpeaches
09-15-2009, 05:56 AM
Why the fuck did I click on this thread? I better not post here, or I'll activate the subscription thingy- oh. Crap.

Silver King
09-15-2009, 06:23 AM
Also- Any explanation why that fish has human teeth? This whole thread is made of serious WTF! :ROFL:
Not sure what species that fish hails from, but I've seen "human-like" teeth in fish before, most notably the sheepshead variety:

http://www.wildflorida.com/articles/images/sheepsheadteeth-fishteeth.jpg

(I wish I had those crushers on the roof of my mouth. Then I could easily bite off more than I can chew without gagging as often.)

bettielee
09-15-2009, 06:26 AM
So... disturbing...

KTC
09-15-2009, 06:28 AM
http://www.fotothing.com/photos/aa7/aa7fab8388bbb91282ae5c698873f9dc.jpg


I once had a 20lb muskie get away from me after I brought it in. There were four of us in the boat and it was flailing like a bastard in the bottom of the boat. There were almost 4 grown men in the water. My friend finally grabbed it...it was a hairy minute as we tried to avoid getting bitten by the beast.

Judg
09-15-2009, 06:39 AM
I see KTC keeps coming back for more. Hey, you knew it was going to be gross as soon as you saw the title, but did you run in the opposite direction? Nooooo....

KTC
09-15-2009, 06:44 AM
I see KTC keeps coming back for more. Hey, you knew it was going to be gross as soon as you saw the title, but did you run in the opposite direction? Nooooo....


No. See. We're on page 2 now. It's all good. I have not once gone back and looked at that original post again. I'm screaming on the inside just thinking about it.

Silver King
09-15-2009, 06:47 AM
http://www.fotothing.com/photos/aa7/aa7fab8388bbb91282ae5c698873f9dc.jpg


I once had a 20lb muskie get away from me after I brought it in. There were four of us in the boat and it was flailing like a bastard in the bottom of the boat. There were almost 4 grown men in the water. My friend finally grabbed it...it was a hairy minute as we tried to avoid getting bitten by the beast.
Now that shot is seriously disturbing: Any animal whose teeth curve inward toward its gullet has only one thing in mind when it grasps flesh, whether it be prey or an unwary angler attempting to retrieve a lure.

And it's kind of funny how we may attribute "human" qualities to fish's teeth, or any other part of fish, since it should be the other way around, evolutionarily speaking.

KTC
09-15-2009, 06:50 AM
yes...the muskie only wants to tear flesh. they eat small dogs, rodents, cats, what have you. The scariest fish in the lakes I fish. I HATE catching them. I much prefer the pickerel.

cray
09-15-2009, 07:30 AM
That pic would make someone a great avatar, wouldn't it, cray?


absolutely.
who shall i foist it upon?





*prepares to give that to someone as an avatar*



wait,...ummm, haggis? i seem to be not a mod today so i can't change avatars.

som1luvsmi
09-15-2009, 07:39 AM
Could someone please pass the bleach?

I really wish I could un-see that.

And KTC - that is one scary looking mofo of a fish.