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The parasite enters the fish’s mouth, eats its tongue and then turns it into

In a post on social media a parasite enters the fish through the fish’s gills, eats its tongue, and then turns it on, which has shocked online viewers.

The tongue-eating louse, known as Cymothoa exigua, is a parasite that belongs to the Cymothoidae (ectoparasite) family.

The parasite initially enters the fish through its gills and then sever blood vessels in the fish’s tongue causing the tongue to drop off.

Parasite also known as tongue-eating louse

The parasite then attaches to the remaining part of the tongue and it becomes the new tongue of the fish.

Parasite also known as tongue-eating louse

The post, originally shared on Reddit, has gone viral on social media, garnering over 5,000 upvotes and over 300 comments from users, who mostly displayed their shock and fear of the grim creature.

The tongue-eating parasite was first discovered in the UK in 2014 and 2015.

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