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Cymothoa exigua is a parasite that is also know by the name the ‘Tongue-eating louse’. It is an isopod with the unique identifiable feature of being the only known parasite that functionally replaces a host’s organ. The louse enters the fish’s body through the gills, attaches to fish’s tongue and extracts blood, causing it to shrivel and eventually fall off. Once this has been achieved the louse attaches to the remaining stub and acts as a replacement tongue, receiving nutrients by feeding on the fish’s blood and mucus. While the majority of fish found with these parasite’s are underweight, there is no evidence that this parasite causes a significant amount of harm to its host. 

These parasites, while aesthetically disturbing, are also not harmful to humans. While a person has brought a lawsuit against a supermarket chain after finding cymothoa exigua in fish they had eaten, the legal case was dropped. This was a result of there being no evidence that these parasites were in any way unhealthy for humans, they are not poisonous and can be incorporated into a healthy diet. 

Normal Horoscope:

Aries: In the book of your life there is a hole burned in this page.

Taurus: There are no birds in your neighborhood anymore. Technically now they’re all one bird now.

Gemini: Reach high enough and you will find new empty depths. Ever upwards little thing.

Cancer: If you want someone to listen while you talk, serve food. Fuck formality, leave friends.

Leo: Even gods get sick of ambrosia and nectar.

Virgo: Tonight you will attempt to summon hells army and accidentally invoke hells bowling team. You will have a wonderful evening and meet up every other Friday.

Libra: No horoscope today. Just a big wad of string that the stars gave me.

Scorpio: Goddamit Goddamit shut the fuck up and tell a story.

Ophiuchus: Pills actually contain tiny crickets that have medical degrees. They fix you up from the inside out.

Sagittarius: Today you may round a corner to see an extremely skinny humanoid figure chugging a jug of orange juice like they haven’t eaten in days. Let him enjoy his juice.

Capricorn: If you are given a microphone, the last thing you should do is whisper.

Aquarius: Take a chance. Take all the chances. Equally redistribute the concept of luck amongst the people.

Pisces: Eat a raw fish like your razor toothed ancestors did. Do not break eye contact with the cop as you do this.

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Giant otter feasting, Brazil

Giant otters are a great indicator species- one that shows the health of the ecosystem. Why? Because each adult otter needs to eat about 4kg/8lbs of fish every day. These otters live in family groups of up to 20 individuals so collectively require a huge amount of fish to support them. As a result, the presence of giant otters on a lake or river indicates a very productive area. I filmed this family fishing in the Northern Pantanal, Brazil, on assignment for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild

This month, I ventured to ask the man behind the counter at a Whole Foods Market what kind of shrimp he was selling. “I don’t know,” he replied. “I think they’re just normal shrimp.” I glanced at the sustainable seafood guide on my phone. There were 80 entries for shrimp, none of them listed “normal.”

What about the cod? Was it Atlantic or Pacific? Atlantic. How was it caught? I asked. “I’m not sure,” he said, looking doubtfully at a creamy fish slab. “With nets, I think. Not with harpoons.”

The shrimp had a blue sticker shaped like a fish on it, which appeared to be some type of official approval. Plus, they were on sale. I bought half a pound.

I Want To Eat Fish Responsibly. But The Seafood Guides Are So Confusing!

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