Top Ten Incredibly Dangerous Parasites

The Tongue-Eating Sea Louse

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Cymothoa exigua – This is one unique parasite that not only eats its host body parts but also replaces entirely everything that it has eaten. This sea louse makes it house inside the fish mouth and feeds on the blood from the tongue till the organ withers away. The parasite very cleverly attaches itself to the remaining stump and continues to feed on blood and mucus in the mouth. It may seem as a consolation that the fish can use the louse exactly as its own tongue.