Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Leeches



While we were walking through the jungle, we were attacked by leeches as we crossed the streams. They basically wait for meat (my leg) to walk by and then latch on and suck blood out. This is a small one. I found one earlier in the day that had been sucking on my leg for a while. It was fat and red. :)

The most interesting thing is that they use some kind of chemical to prevent the blood from clotting, so after you remove them from your wound, the blood doesn't clot and keeps bleeding out like a river.

5 Comments:

Blogger vo said...

i am SO grossed out by that picture. along with roller coasters, i am terrified of leeches.

are they hard to pull off once they're fat and have been sucking on your juice for a while?

i have a fear that one day, i'm going to have blood clotting issues & they're going to have to use leeches to thin out the blood.

uuuugh!

August 12, 2008 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

you should let them keep sucking until they explode, make sure you take a picture of that Jim

August 12, 2008 at 4:38 PM  
OpenID ooowatah1 said...

if you take a cigarette or a just burned match and touch it to them, they let go willingly and you bleed less.

August 12, 2008 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

hahaha

Thanks for the advice Andy.

August 14, 2008 at 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We call it GUMURI in Korean.
It is everywhere, small streams and specially rice farms with water. After detach it from the skin, we usually kill it or, with thin narrow stick, push it from head to toe and make it inside out. Some people use it to treat some diease make it suck the bad blood.

August 14, 2008 at 11:03 PM  

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