Why did I think I could watch this video about Fish Tongue Eating Isopods?

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Warning! Do not be fooled by the cartoon fish.It is not for the squeamish.

Thanks to Meg of The Thinking Atheist for the scare…

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.

– Meg

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!

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  • Lord Narf

    Not only does something that fugly hang out in your mouth, but it mates there. Nice.

    • I can’t bring myself to go back, and look at the picture again to confirm whether it is cute or ugly.

      • Lord Narf

        Awwwwwwww, but it’s so cute! You should really go look again. ^.^

        • No! It’s repellent!

          • Lord Narf

            Heh, yeah, not sure I’m up for a repeat, myself. I think my girlfriend would like it, though. >:D

          • Lord Narf

            I should go update my OKCupid profile, shouldn’t I?

  • Well, after reading that, I decided to run an image search on Google, because maybe some of them are cute. I didn’t know.

    I found this, which I’m not sure is something with which I would ever want to cuddle either… lol.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_R8GHw8I4wiQ/R-1rFvjRn3I/AAAAAAAAAe8/JLiay2ecRk8/s320/isopod.jpg

  • Nope. That was not cute. But for some reason it isn’t as repellent as the Fish Tongue Eating Louse.

    • Lord Narf

      Yeah, that one actually looks kind of cool. I sure don’t want to touch it, but it’s not nearly as creepy. Looks a little like Wolverine.

      • How does it taste though?

        • Lord Narf

          Tastes like tongue.

  • stubby

    As if eating the tongue wasn’t bad enough, they have to pork in the fish’s mouth. Seems like they’re just rubbing it in…so to speak.

    • Lord Narf

      Or rubbing one out. Either or.

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