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Watch bright red blood-sucking parasite feast on gulper eel in rare, deep-sea footage


Rare deep-sea footage captures a blood-sucking parasite latched onto the body of a ghoulish gulper eel. In the video, the eel swims close to the camera before revealing a bright-red parasite protruding from its back with two string-like structures dragging behind it. 

Researchers from the Schmidt Ocean Institute spotted the elusive parasite while exploring seamounts in the Southeast Pacific Ocean along the coast of Chile. The parasite is likely a type of copepod — a small crustacean found throughout the world’s oceans, representatives wrote in a Facebook post

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