Mystery sea monster?

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    Something a bit fishy about this.

    The picture below is of it frozen to the side of a north atlantic caught salmon.

    It is pretty small about 37mm i would guess as it is not streight. I am defrosting it slowly now in a bowl of cold salty water. It looks like it has small black beedy eyes. I guess it is the larval form of something, but what?, What was it doing attached like this to the salmon? What is it likley to grow into?

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    I'll post another picture once it has thawed.

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    I don't know what this is...but I do know that there is a parasite problem with Salmon here in North America.
     
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    Here it is thawed, sorry a very bad picture, any idea how to light it for a better shot? It is under water, it just turns in to a blob when i take it out of the water so has to be shot through a couple of mm of water. So far i havn't got anything usefull, that and it floats a bit that doesnt help either.

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    Is it alive, even though it was frozen for a while :shock:
     
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    No Corinna fortunatly it is well and truely dead. I think it floats because of some kind of boyancy thing in the middle section or because i got the salt concentration wrong? If it hasnt turned into a nasty smelly thing tomorrow i will try and get a proper picture, it facinates me as i have never seen anything like it before, it has the wrong number of segments and as far as i can see only one eye to be anything i have come across before (not done marine stuff much though.

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    Its ugly and creepy looking, whatever it is!!! Very strange!
     
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    that's interesting. I googled it a bit and it seems to be a female sea lice. They are very common in salmon.
    There's a picture of them here.






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    A sea louse! Ugh.
    And they are COMMON in salmon!?!? :shock:

    No more salmon here. Ugh!
    Finished!

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    Brilliant Pascale, well done googling it from that amount of information, nasty things by the sounds of it, you have kind of put me off my dinner :er: . Hmnn nahh you are right corinna dinners out of the question now :).

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    Tim, LaFoto; ehm...I didn't mean to say that every salmon has these little creatures inside..:lol:. But as far as parasites in salmon goes...these are common. Oh what do I know, I just looked at a few internet pages, briefly. Just eat the fish!:lol:







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