Fish, Fisheries and Queryomics
Woo hoo, says Beel! It’s movie night, all day Friday. Grab some popcorn and watch this really neat animation put together by Nova. You know, Nova (PBS), as in we gotta kill the funding for those bastards. Anyway, before the $$ are gone, they produced this flick.
The animation nicely summarizes the basic life history of Cymothoa exigua, a crustacean parasite that attaches to a fish, feeds on its tongue, and then replaces it! Here’s a neat fact the that animation reveals: they’re all born cowboys, but some, well, you know, take a different path and become cowgirls.
Then, get this, they do it in the fish’s mouth!
The animation tells you these are isopods. True enough. What they don’t tell you is that this Greek-speak for aquatic potato bugs (AKA sow bugs, AKA pill bugs). You know, roly polies. (Actually, potato bugs are terrestrial isopods, but Beel doesn’t have the heart to tell them. Kind of like a Santa Claus thing.)
Watch, learn, enjoy, says Beel.