BERKELEY, California: Nature is full of amazing parasites, one of which is the tongue-eating worm that goes into the mouth of fish and cuts off their tongue, and becomes part of the tongue itself.
Its biological name is Smoothau Exagua, which blocks the flow of sticky mucus from the fish’s tongue and forces it to fall off. It starts to enter the mouth at a young age and keeps changing gender up to adolescence.
It clings to the tongue with its strong legs and survives by biting the fish’s tongue and sucking its blood. When the language is dropped, an artificial language is presented. Despite the worms being present in the mouth constantly, the fish doesn’t perish when it falls off the tongue and instead keeps growing.
The worm survives by sucking on the tongue’s root after being cut off, but the alarming part is that if it comes into contact with sperm, it will begin to reproduce.
The tongue worm is widespread, especially in the water, from Ecuador to California. It can bite hands if threatened, despite the fact that it is perfectly safe for people.