The Horrific Candiru

The first time I heard about this little fish, I thought it was just a story made up for a movie. The Candiru, also known as the toothpick fish, is a parasite that does something particularly awful. If you really want to know what that is, you'll just have to watch the video. Don't worry. The idea is much worse than the video itself.

The main prey for this little parasite is the catfish. The candiru swims inside its gills, and then spines in the candiru's head hold it in place while it sucks blood from its host. But that isn't what is so horrific about this toothpick fish. It's what it does to humans...

This video was uploaded to YouTube on January 26, 2009 by BBCWorldwide. If you can't see the video above, we also have a link to the YouTube page for this video.

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  1. Ouch!As I always told my swimmers in lessons, always leave the pool.

  2. I heard about this but didn't know what they called the nasty parasite.


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