5 Terrible, Scary, Brilliant And Weird Parasites

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The dirty little secret at the heart of nature is the parasite. For every animal we humans regard as noble—your tigers, your dolphins, whatever—there are thousands of these horrifying little monsters. So numerous are these microscopic tyrants that naturalists believe that an actual majority of animals might be parasites. It’s entirely possible that life on Earth exists solely to provide adequate hosts for our many, many parasites. And you thought looking at a starry sky made you feel insignificant.

Here are five of the weirdest that we know of so far.

Weird Parasites: Cymothoa exigua: Worst. Kisser. Ever.

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Human beings can come to terms with some parasitic diseases. Malaria, for example, is refreshingly straightforward. You get bitten by an infected mosquito, you get sick and you (maybe) die. The parasite is just trying to weaken you to the point that you can’t swat the next mosquito that comes to drink your infected blood. It’s nothing personal.

Some parasites, however, despite being harmless to humans, make their living in such a gothic horror show manner that we really can’t be comfortable sharing a planet with them. Meet Cymotha exigua, the marine isopod that thinks it’s a tongue.

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8 Of The World’s Weirdest And Most Beautiful Moth Species

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The phrase “like a moth to a flame,” has existed in some form since before Shakespeare referenced it in “The Merchant of Venice.” Why moths are drawn to bright light is still a mystery; though scientists do have theories, including the nocturnal insects’ reliance on bright celestial light, like the moon, for navigation. Moths are generally considered pests whose larvae eat clothing made from natural fibers like wool or silk. But lepidopterists are drawn to them like, well, like a moth to flame. There are some 160,000 species of moths identified in the world. Here are some of the weirdest and most beautiful.

The Oscar-winning film “Silence of the Lambs” did little to enhance the reputation of moths. It just made one in particular more creepy. Superimposed over Jodie Foster’s mouth in film posters, the Death’s-Head Hawk Moth played a central role in the movie, becoming a clue for the apprehension of a serial killer.

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Alexander Semenov’s Stunning Deep Sea Photography

The White Sea is frigid and unforgiving, but it holds vast amounts of life and biological diversity that simply beg to be photographed. Enter Alexander Semenov, a 2007 graduate of renowned Lomonosov’s Moscow State University. There, Semenov studied zoology, and specialized in the study of invertebrates such as squid brains, jellyfish, and worms. Semenov’s high-definition underwater photography quite literally brings to surface the vibrant world often hidden under dreary waters. While the wide array of colors and contrasts plastered on these rarely seen creatures captures the imagination and stimulates the senses, Semenov’s photographs also serve a functional purpose. As ost of Semenov’s subjects are very rare, images of them are invaluable to researchers and scientists.

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