9 Terrifying Parasites

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« on: August 13, 2013, 01:33:22 AM »
Cymothoa Exigua: Replaces the Fish's TongueAlso called the "tongue-eating louse," this parasitic crustacean of the family Cymothoidae enters fish through the gills, then attaches itself at the base of the fish's tongue. Once there, it extracts blood through its front claws, causing the tongue to atrophy from lack of blood, then it replaces the fish's tongue by attaching its own body to the muscles at the tongue's stub. They are supposedly not harmful to humans unless picked up alive, in which case they can bite.
 

 Loa Loa: African Eye WormCommonly known as the "eye worm," this parasite enters the human body through the bite of a deer fly and explores the subcutaneous realm of its host, crawling undetected beneath the skin for years, until one day the host feels something strange in his eye. In a scene worthy of a horror flick, he looks in the mirror and discovers a tiny worm wiggling just beneath the surface of his eyeball. They are usually found in Africa and India, and symptoms can range from itching and joint pain to fatigue and even death.
 

 Dracunculus Medinensis: The Guinea WormKnown commonly as the "Guinea worm," this is one of the oldest documented human parasites, with tales of its behavior reaching as far back as the 2nd century BC in accounts penned by Greek chroniclers. It affects humans, dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and other animals, especially in Africa and Asia.
 

 Filarial Worms: Cause Elephantiasis and BlindnessTransmitted from host to host by blood-feeding arthropods --mainly black flies and mosquitoes--, filarial worms are round, threadlike parasites whose more spectacular symptom is "elephantiasis," an edema with thickening of the skin and underlying tissues. The subcutaneous worms also present themselves through skin rashes, urticarial papules, and arthritis, as well as hyper- and hypopigmentation macules. They can also manifest in the eyes, causing "river blindness" (onchocerciasis), one of the leading causes of blindness in the world.
 

 Ophiocordyceps Unilateralis: Turns Ants into ZombiesInfected ants are popularly known as "zombie ants." Like something out of a horror film, this parasitoidal fungus infects ants and alters their behavior; the ant falls from the tree where it normally lives, climbs on the stem of a plant, clamps its mandibles on a leaf and dies there. Meanwhile, the fungus consumes the ant's tissue and grows outside it, releasing its spores.
 

 Cotesia Glomerata: The Main Inspiration Behind the Film AlienParasitic wasp embryos are known to be the main inspiration behind the infamous "birth" scene in the 1979 horror movie Alien.  Injected into a caterpillar by their mother, the once egg-encased wasp embryos develop for about 14 days. Then, in a biological attack unique in the animal world, the unassuming embryos use a virus in their DNA to paralyze their host.
 

 Sacculina: Castrates CrabsThis parasite partially castrates its hosts enough to control their sexual reproduction, or they end up killing it. If the host crab is a female, it gets tricked by the parasite into carrying, nurturing, and spreading larval Sacculina as if they were its own little crablings. Also, if the host crab is male, Sacculina transforms its body to function just like a female.
 

 Niphanda Fusca: Tricks Ants to Accept and Care for ItAs a caterpillar, this parasitic butterfly steals nutritional resources from a species of ant known as Camponotus japonicas. They first enter the ant's nest and elicit parental care from the worker ants by secreting chemicals that mimic that of the Campontus japonicas. The caterpillars continue to be fed by the ants in the nest until pupation.

 Dodder: The Plant that Hunts its PreyWhile most plants seem passive, the Dodder (Cuscuta) is a parasite; it lives off of other plants. Instead of waiting around for a suitable host, the vine hunts one down. It even "sniffs" out its hosts, growing toward telltale chemicals released by its neighbors. It can grow and spread at a phenomenal rate, claiming new territory by means of its tough seeds and spreading like wildfire through crops at considerable economic cost
 

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 02:24:48 AM »
First pic and explanation... Now tell me why I don't go fishing...
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 02:26:08 AM »
First pic and explanation... Now tell me why I don't go fishing...
could you imagine going to get the hook out of your fishs mouth and see that  :eek:

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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 02:28:57 AM »
Never, ever took a hook out of any fishes mouth and I never will...
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013, 02:32:58 AM »
Never, ever took a hook out of any fishes mouth and I never will...
me neither I usually make someone else do it for me  :lol:  every time the fish wiggles and flaps it freaks me out lol and yes I will bait my own hook just not take the fish off  :lol:

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2013, 08:34:33 AM »
Now tell me why I don't go fishing...


Ya missing out :demented:
I tried to commit suicide one time...

I won't be trying that again I nearly fucking died.

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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2013, 12:22:30 PM »
Now tell me why I don't go fishing...


Ya missing out :demented:

I don't believe in hunting, killing, catching wild animals... Sooooo, I guess I will just miss out...
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2013, 12:43:32 PM »
Now tell me why I don't go fishing...


Ya missing out :demented:

I don't believe in hunting, killing, catching wild animals... Sooooo, I guess I will just miss out...


I tried to commit suicide one time...

I won't be trying that again I nearly fucking died.