Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Horror Lovecraft Might Have Dreamed

... or Giger? I nearly spit my coffee out when I saw this one...

The article's text:

When Nature Is Freakier Than Sci-Fi
By Brent Richards
September 14, 2009

Next time your kids ask you if monsters are real, you might have to fib a little if you say “no.” Some recent discoveries in the animal kingdom would be right at home in an H.P. Lovecraft story.

Fishermen off the northern coast of France have found a large parasitic isopod (a relative of the louse) that has evolved a rather hideous method for survival in its host: It gets into the fish’s mouth and then devours its tongue. It then attaches itself at the back of the fish’s throat where it presumably feeds of whatever the fish normally eats. The really bizarre part is that the fish doesn’t seem to suffer any ill effects other than the loss of its tongue.

1 comment:

SomethingDreadful said...

That is terrifying, fascinating, and enthralling all at once. So very Lovecraftian. Thanks for sharing!


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