Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Stuff of Nightmares

You've GOT to check out the video footage of the snail (posted about an hour ago) at

It's an action shot of a snail with a trematode parasite infestation in its tentacle. These parasites make the antenna look (and act) like a caterpillar, which entices blackbirds to eat it, thus completing the life cycle of said parasites, which become adults in the blackbird.

Like I keep saying, who needs aliens from outerspace when we have such strange (and, yes, frightening) things living on this planet with us already?

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