The refuge posted a video for its “What is it Wednesday?” requesting that people take a guess at what the creepy crawler was. Some guessed right before wildlife officials revealed the answer: a turtle leech.
While this leech is creepy-looking, they’re no threat to people. As the name suggests, they mainly feed on turtles and maybe fish.
The reactions to the social media post were pretty entertaining.
“Ewwwwww I just jumped out of my skin 😂😂😂😂,” one poster said.
“Looking for some blood,” another posted.
“Yep! That things gotta go!😂,” another commented.
Fish leeches are temporary parasites that leave their hosts after one or a few meals, TAMUG said. Some take shelter amid seagrasses or rocks and may attach themselves to crustaceans until they are ready for their next meal.
Some fish leeches attach only to a single species of fish, TAMUG said. Others are not so picky and will attach to a variety of fishes.