Something you should be thankful for this year? How about not being attacked by the “tongue parasite” (pictured above inside the mouth of a fish) that scientists found in the Bailiwick of Jersey, off the coast of Normandy.
Check out this lovely description of the creature, which goes by the far less sinister name of isopod:
The sea-dwelling parasite attacks fish, burrows into it, and then devours its tongue. After eating the tongue, the parasite proceeds to live inside the fish’s mouth.
As nasty as that all sounds, it’s still only the second most revolting thing found off a Jersey coast.
(Thanks to Adam for the link.)