31 December 2009

Trapping leeches

I used to spend my summers at Leech Lake in northern Minnesota. These creatures are neither scary nor disgusting nor much of a hazard. The ones in this video are presumably being harvested to sell for bait. Medical leeches are raised in sterile laboratory environments.


  1. Scary nor disgusting? I think not.

  2. My mother had leech therapy used inside her mouth (on her palate) for a week. She was kept in a drug induced coma for the week and then we waited for another week to tell her. She has managed to get over it.

  3. I remember having dozens of leeches attach to me when I'd go swimming in the DeGrasse River while growing up in upstate NY. It wasn't pleasant, and it kept me from swimming very often.


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