The one thing I love in science fiction movies are monsters and creature features. Sketching them will be my next motive right after watching one. I remember many people were sceptical about how a giant leech swallows Andy Serkis whole, in sections while he was alive and active. This was the fight for survival scene in King Kong. The group falls into a pit full of insects, only to realize them crawling from the dark and devouring everyone one by one. Its just an eerie feeling watching giant bugs eat people.
This is the Mimobdella Buettikoferi, commonly known as the Giant Red Leech of Kinabalu. It can grow up to 12 inches and able to eat anything twice its length and width. Yes, a flesh eater, unlike its blood sucking cousins. BBC filmed an exclusive footage of this slithery friend swallowing a giant earth worm like a spaghetti. The nightmare portrayed in that film is as real as it can get. Only imagine its bigger and unknown ancestor when the world was ruled by one super continent. Always remember, there is more to see than meets the eye, and never underestimate what is beneath us. I'm wondering what else is out there.
For those of you who love camping in Kinabalu, especially the guys, be alert and protect yourself. If you know what I mean. There are many untold stories. Girls, wear gloves. You love your fingers too right? This is an eye opener to all of us. Although hypothetically they are not extremely harmless but the panic button in people is far more dangerous and alarming.
Borneo has always been one of my favourite monsoon jungles. The biodiversity in these perimeters are just astonishing. From mammals to arthropods, something always lurk within the tropical layers. Anyway, this new finding hard to digest for you? I find this as an outstanding discovery. The behaviour and predatory personality of this leech is beyond what we have seen.
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