Tongue for dinner?

Monday, June 21, 2010
fish tongue eat isopod
It's a double hit from Running With Ponies (they taught us about the Assassin bug recently) as they investigate the very odd situation where an animal eats another animal's tongue, with a view to replacing that tongue and live inside the animal's whose tongue it just ate.

Confused? Running with Ponies explains:

"The rare Tongue-eating louse (Cymothoa exigua) has been found inside a weaverfish by fishermen off the coast of the Minquiers, a small group of islands under the jurisdiction of Jersey. Although called a louse, it is actually a 2cm-long parasitic isopod crustacean, and it survives by burrowing into a fish through its gills, attaching itself to the muscular base of the tongue, and sucking the blood from it until it eventually withers away to nothing. The isopod then behaves almost like a replacement tongue, causing no additional harm to the host fish as it feeds off the scraps of food that enter its mouth."

I actually landed one of these louse once. I was fishing as a lad at the Port in Napier when I reeled in a trevali. Whilst unhooking it I saw this pair of black eyes starring at me. I was like WTF? I used my dad's fishing knife to cut it out. And bugger me, it was a worm with legs, i'll never forget how it tried to crawl along.... my next move? I used it as bait!

Okay, once more tongue eating parasite for luck:

Look at these Great White Sharks teasing and tormenting baby sharks before they eat them!

Pictures of Great White sharks tormenting and eating baby seals

Remember the killer whales attacking baby orca? Those guys are pussies compared to how Great White Sharks do it!

Photographer Alfred Weissenegger took the pictures immediately above and below this paragraph pictures from a boat in False Bay which is off Cape Town, South Africa.

The Bay is said to be the best place in the world to witness breaching great white sharks.

This is mainly due to the presence of around 64,000 cape fur seals that call the island home from April to September.

The average great white in the waters around the area measures between 12-16ft, with the biggest being a near 20-feet long giant spotted in 1997.

 Animals eating Animals now knows it as the place to go watch Great Whites pwn noob seals!

What's that Jimmy Jangles? Those pictures where shit? OK, we're turning it up to eleven! Here's the real deal - check out these pictures from the same Bay in 2007.

The photographer who took all the other pictures, Chris Fellows said:

"When children see a shark eat a seal they feel sorry for the seal, but it's like a lion catching a zebra - it's a natural phenomenon." I also think it's awesome when the crocodiles get them too...

Pictures sourced from the Daily Telegraph Newspaper. I wonder if the sharks ever think, hey I need an excellent ph tester to check the ph of the ocean?

When Camel Spiders attack!

Camel Spiders. The largest, most bad ass spiders that have ever been discovered. Known for their bite which can render a camel unconscious in 20 minutes and dead in 45, these spiders are often the most talked about spiders in every day conversation and indeed, the internet.

camel spider eating soldier

During the various US war campaigns in Iraq, 17 U.S. soldiers have died as a result of camel spiders. Thus it is true the venom of a camel spider is deadly to human beings. Camels spiders can also jump 3 feet in the air and use this skill to jump on the backs of their prey. Their sharp teeth are able to eat through the canvas of a soldier's desert uniform quite easily.

camel spider picture

The Middle East isn't the only place where solifugids spiders have a bad name. In Mexico, they're known as matevenados, which translates as "deer killers." The Mexican government offers a 500 peso reward for every live deer killer spider presented to the National Spider Laboratory. The spiders are milked for their venom which is used to treat victims of spider bites (if they survived!).
This is a fake spider!
Actually the truth is rather different. A number of urban legends have bounded across the internet that exaggerate the size and speed of camel spiders, and their potential danger to camels, humans and soldiers in Iraq. That's right, their talents and size are all myth!

The Camel Spider is more formally known as order of Arachnida, Solifuga. Also commonly known as wind scorpions or sun spiders, camel spiders may grow to a length of 7 cm (2.8 in) which is nothing like the legendary stories people are wont to tell.
camel spider photo

Most species live in deserts and feed opportunistically on ground-dwelling arthropods. No records exist of a camel spider ever eating or killing a camel! Still, if you want to see a spider eating a bird, be my guest.

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