Monday, November 24, 2014

24/11/2014 Tongue-eating parasite for supper

A man was put right off his supper after discovering a' tongue-eating parasite' in a portion of fish he had bought from a Morrisons supermarket in the UK.

Paul Poli, a retired headmaster, spotted the yellow creature as he was about to enjoy a meal of sea bass, the South Wales Evening Post reported.

The 62-year-old promptly took the fish back to the store in Trostre, where the bug was identified as a cymothoa exigua - commonly known as a tongue-eating louse.

The parasite enters a fish through the gills and then attaches itself to its tongue. It proceeds to destroy the tongue before replacing it as a new host tongue. Horrifying as it sounds, this doesn’t actually harm the fish.

Mr Poli, who said the parasite was about three cm long and eight mm wide, has since received an apology as well as a bottle of wine and a UK£20 voucher from Morrisons.

Read more HERE.

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