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Nerocila acuminata is a parasitic isopod related to Cymothoa exigua, the infamous “tongue-replacer”. This isopod clings onto the skin of its fish host, feeding on blood and tissue. When it detects a potential host, this parasites becomes a fish-seeking missile - it launches itself at the target fish like a guided torpedo, making precise directional and speed adjustments to ensure it lands on its target with claws outstretched . Upon contact, the isopod starts digging in, causing terrible...