Warning! Do not be fooled by the cartoon fish.It is not for the squeamish.
This is Meg with a video for you to share the next time one of your friends starts in about how a god must have made the world because look at the pretty trees and blue sky and rainbows and baby animals and whatnot.
This is the Cymothoa exigua, otherwise known as the tongue-eating louse.
If you’re squeamish, you might want to skip this. When they call it “Gross Science”, they’re not kidding.
She warned me. I thought I could take it because it is a cartoon, but then they showed an actual picture of the louse in a fish. I actually jumped in my chair.
So Aron and young MiniRa came home, and I showed it to them expecting a reaction. I covered my eyes when it got to the picture. They didn’t bat an eye. Aron was like…
“What? Isopods are cute. Roly Polies are the only land-based crustaceans. “
I replied that that is what made it so gross because it was cute. In the picture it looks as if to say, “Oh, hi there! Welcome to my home.”
Then MiniRa added…
“I have mucus. Would you like some mucus?”
This delightfully cute, little creature lives on mucus and fish blood. Yuck!