Flesh-eating fish. I know you want them.

"Doctor Fish": The hand will be skeletal inside of three minutes.
"Doctor Fish": The hand will be skeletal inside of three minutes.Courtesy Nemo's great uncle
I pride myself in my ability to scoot along the greasy razor edge of what’s cool at any given moment. Like right now this is cool: Tentacles. And…now collecting vintage Booberry, Frankenberry, and Count Chocula boxes is cool. And now tentacles are cool again.

It amazes me, then, that this new wave splashed right by me: foot flesh-eating fish. Or, really, I suppose they’d eat flesh from anywhere, but what they’re getting is foot flesh. But how could I have missed this for so long? I mean, Tyra Banks, Eastern Europe, and big chunks of Asia are already all about flesh-eating fish. Sure, Tyra Banks is a little wiser than most people, and I can’t remember a time when Eastern Europe wasn’t dancing on the cutting edge, but that doesn’t mean I have to feel good about it.

So, what we’re dealing with here, to go back to the very beginning, are little carp, Garra ruffa. The carp are native to rivers across the Middle East, and are kept and bred in outdoor pools in Turkish spas. Why? Because they swarm people and eat the dead skin off their bodies.

Take a look.

The fish eat skin because food can be scarce in the warm pools they live in, and because their little jaws are toothless, they’re only able to eat dead skin.

Apparently dead skin isn’t very cool. (I have a feeling that it’s going to be the next big thing, though.) If you’ve got some dead skin on your feet that you’re afraid people will see, there’s a foot fish spa near D.C. The fish are also recommended as an alternative treatment for psoriasis, but you might have to cross an ocean to get to a pool full of psoriatic plaque-gulping fish.

The circle of life. Fantastic.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Ahus1102's picture
Ahus1102 says:

is that your real hand or it is just and image that you get from the websites

posted on Sat, 10/18/2008 - 7:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it's gotta be his real hand i would believe...!!!

posted on Sat, 10/25/2008 - 8:09pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

It's a real hand. Just not mine.

posted on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 8:41am
EWatson02's picture
EWatson02 says:

That's pretty cool. Though fish aren't the only animals that eat dead skin: maggots do it too. In fact, in many hospitals, maggots are used to clean many patients' open wounds, such as bedsores. Since they only eat dead skin, it is a very safe and relatively painless procedure.

posted on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 6:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

HOLA cool! next thing to take over the world !

posted on Wed, 10/29/2008 - 11:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is so cool. I can't believe it! These fish should be used in spas.....

posted on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 11:54am
Jonnica's picture
Jonnica says:

those fish don't look like they are that flesh eating.I know I would NEVER want them!!! Just kidding. they do look like they would be interesting 2 see in person

posted on Sat, 11/22/2008 - 2:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no one wants flesh eating fish!

posted on Sun, 12/28/2008 - 5:17pm
Babe's picture
Babe says:

fish eat fish to survive because they run out of s food source

posted on Fri, 02/20/2009 - 8:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That is really gross.

posted on Sat, 02/28/2009 - 1:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Hello, I really do not like this flesh eating experience. It is gross.

- Macy Lacy

posted on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 11:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

are scientists really messing with mellicular atoms? if so what are they doing and why?

posted on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 2:21pm
Anonymouse lurrrvs Mr. Wittle Pickles!!!'s picture
Anonymouse lurrrvs Mr. Wittle Pickles!!! says:

Wow! This is just SO interesting. That nature would create something so amazing and yet so dangerous is just...thrilling! I love it! GOOOOOOO SCIENCE!!!!!! Ohmigod! I totally want to be a scientist!

posted on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 1:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i learned alot about really cool fish

posted on Thu, 04/23/2009 - 10:31am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this doesnt make any sense what the heck is tyra banks in there for

posted on Mon, 06/15/2009 - 2:49pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

The same reason she's everywhere: for her wisdom.

How do we know she's wise? Watch her on America's Next Top Model, and you'll know why. Also, because she was talking about the delights of flesh-eating fish a while ago.

posted on Mon, 06/15/2009 - 2:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

thats kind a weird does it hurt

posted on Thu, 06/18/2009 - 9:31am

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