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The wonders of evolution: Tongue-eating louse (Cymothoa exigua). This parasite enters the fish's mouth (Lutjanus sp.), clings to the tongue's base and extracts all the blood until the tongue atrophies.. Then it replaces the fish's tongue by attaching its own body to the muscles of the tongue stub, and starts to feed on what the host eats; the fish can live normally, and there are even studies around the benefits that he could receive from this parasite. There are no risks to humans.

The wonders of evolution: Tongue-eating louse (Cymothoa exigua). This parasite enters the fish's mouth (Lutjanus sp.), clings to the tongue's base and extracts all the blood until the tongue atrophies.. Then it replaces the fish's tongue by attaching its own body to the muscles of the tongue stub, and starts to feed on what the host eats; the fish can live normally, and there are even studies around the benefits that he could receive from this parasite. There are no risks to humans.

Each September, the wood frogs of Alaska do a very strange thing: They freeze.

In Alaska, wood frogs freeze for seven months, thaw and hop away

A marine biologist has taken a series of fascinating photographs of plankton to reveal the tiny creatures' complexity. Echinoderm Ludia sarsii  Picture: Dr. Richard Kirby/BNPS

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A marine biologist has taken a series of fascinating photographs of plankton to reveal the tiny creatures' complexity. Echinoderm Ludia sarsii Picture: Dr. Richard Kirby/BNPS

Terebellid worms belong to a group of segmented worms called polychaetes. Polychaete worms are mostly found in marine habitats and are related to earthworms and leeches. Adult terebellid worms live in various types of permanent tubes in the sediment of the sea floor or on the reef, extending long tentacles to feed. Like most polychaete worms the larva of the terebellid worm is free swimming and planktonic.

Terebellid worms belong to a group of segmented worms called polychaetes. Polychaete worms are mostly found in marine habitats and are related to earthworms and leeches. Adult terebellid worms live in various types of permanent tubes in the sediment of the sea floor or on the reef, extending long tentacles to feed. Like most polychaete worms the larva of the terebellid worm is free swimming and planktonic.

The Water Bear -WEIRDEST and most incredibly resilient animal on earth (or in space).  Can actually survive radiation in the vacuum of space!!

The Water Bear -WEIRDEST and most incredibly resilient animal on earth (or in space). Can actually survive radiation in the vacuum of space!!

When Lightning Strikes Sand. Fulgurites (Latin, meaning "thunderbolt")  Sometimes referred to as petrified lightning, they are natural hollow glass tubes formed by lightning strikes in quartzose sand, silica, or soil. (Wikipedpia)

When Lightning Strikes Sand

When Lightning Strikes Sand. Fulgurites (Latin, meaning "thunderbolt") Sometimes referred to as petrified lightning, they are natural hollow glass tubes formed by lightning strikes in quartzose sand, silica, or soil. (Wikipedpia)

Researchers studied plankton from around the globe and uncovered vast genetic diversity and clues to how warming temperatures may affect ocean life.

Scientists Sample the Ocean and Find Tiny Additions to the Tree of Life

Researchers studied plankton from around the globe and uncovered vast genetic diversity and clues to how warming temperatures may affect ocean life.

Spineless: Susan Middleton’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Marine Invertebrates | Brain Pickings

Spineless: Susan Middleton’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Marine Invertebrates