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August 8, 2011 3:58 PM Subscribe
What is this tiny creature
I found attached to my leg after swimming in the Chesapeake Bay?
posted by SugarAndSass to Science & Nature (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I should have asked this a year ago when it first happened, but as I'm heading to the same beach in a few weeks, it popped into my head again.
After swimming in the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Pawtuxent River in early July 2010, I found the little creature linked to above attached to my leg. It was very sticky and it was a little difficult to get off of my skin. It was tiny - about the size of the loop at the end of a bobby pin, as you can see in the second picture. I also felt a little itchy where it was attached after I got it off, but that could have been psychosomatic because ohmygoodness look at how weird it is
So, what is it? I looked at pictures of leech babies and various other aquatic creatures I could have imagined it being (A super tiny baby horseshoe crab? Some kind of tadpole?) but haven't found anything that looks remotely like it.