From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Whale Parasites

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Isaac shared the following with me from Ripley's Believe It or Not: *


Top Five Whale Parasites...

1. Tapeworms 98 feet (30 meters) long in a sperm whale
2. Lungworms the size of a banana
3. Lip lice thumbsized, not real lice (insect) but crab relatives
4. Sinus flukes leech-shaped hand-sized animals in the sinus airways, occasionally burrow into the brain
5. Barnacles up to fist sized, mainly on the head

* Jenni Rainford, Clive Carpenter, Ripley Entertainment, Inc.. Ripley's Believe It or Not ( Orlando, Fla. : Ripley Publishing, 2004), 76.

I say YUCK.

You know what? If it turns out that I'm invited to come back to earth as a whale, I may just say "No."

1 comment:

Wrkinprogress said...

Man!!! Who knew it sucked so much to be a whale!!!

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