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All of us who have seen Alien , the original movie, remember the mythical scene where a xenomorphic embryo comes out of John Hurt’s stomach during dinner. Not to remember. Now change the actor for any predator that has swallowed a snake eel, and that is not the worst.
A new study published in the Memoirs of the Queensland Museum details that the eel of the Ophichthidae family tries to give a creepy ending to the predators that feed on it. After swallowing it, the creature digs and makes its way to escape the stomach of its captors, but the worst comes later.
Once somewhat more released using its tail, the eels are still trapped inside the animal, and from there everything becomes more and more unpleasant. In fact, at this point in the article we recommend that you stop eating if you are.
According to the researchers, these types of eels, also known as burrowing eels , are long and thin fish species that are characterized by their ability to advance rapidly using a hard tail tip that cuts the bottom of the sea.
So it stands to reason that, when swallowed alive, the eel tries to dig, and it is this very hard-nosed tail that allows them to break through the stomach wall of their captors. Unfortunately, the attempt is flawed, as the eels get stuck, at which point the second phase begins – they mummify in the intestinal cavity.
As is, as you can see in the following image.
We now know this because the researchers discovered the mummified remains of seven species of these eels trapped within the body cavities of 11 different species of predatory fish. The species involved were diverse and came from different locations, demonstrating that this type of event is a widespread prey-predator interaction between these eels and their future sarcophagi . Also, as the study points out, fish are more likely not even to notice.
Jeff Johnson, co-author of the study, explains that sometimes confused fishermen brought embedded specimens to the museum that they thought might be some kind of giant parasitic worm.
Investigators told The Guardian that they cut a fish to find an eel that was still waving, though it’s hard to say if any were lucky enough to escape a captor’s stomach using only their tail. Probably not.
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