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Woman Thought She Had Water in Her Ear, Then Doctors Pulled Out a Deadly Spider

When doctors checked inside of her ear, she couldn’t believe what they found.

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(TMU) — It’s the type of story that may give you pause the next time you think your ear is clogged with a bit of water after taking a swim in the pool or long a shower. Or it’s the type of story that will give you nightmares.

But for Susie Torres of Kansas City, she was luckily none the wiser—until doctors informed her that the blockage in her ear wasn’t a bit of H2O, but was a venomous brown recluse spider.

Nagged by the belief that she had some water stuck inside her ear, Torres went to a doctor to see what exactly the problem was.

When a medical assistant checked her ear, she couldn’t believe what she saw and quickly grabbed fellow staffers to confirm that her eyes and expertise were not deceiving her.

Torres explained to KSHB News:

“She ran out and said I’m going to get a couple more people.

She then said, ‘I think you have an insect in there’.”

At that stage, Torres felt little need to panic. A mere insect, after all, is no cause for alarm to a grownup human. But then the staffer told her what the problem was. Torres said:

“She came back in and told me it was a spider.”

Luckily, Torres explained, the medical staff “had a few tools and worked their magic and got it out.”

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Only later did doctors tell her that it was the highly dangerous brown recluse spider that took up residence inside her ear.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the brown recluse is one of only two venomous spiders commonly found in the country, along with the black widow.

At best, the brown recluse can cause a bit of itching. At worst, the venomous arachnid can trigger muscle pain, fever, nausea, anxiety, difficulty breathing, intense sweating, headaches and even death.

Any brown recluse bite should be greeted with calm and treated by a medical professional, the CDC suggests. The CDC also adds:

“Spiders are usually not aggressive and most bites occur because a spider is trapped or unintentionally contacted.”

Luckily, in Torres’ case the brown recluse seems to have found the inside of her ear to have been a spacious enough accommodation to not feel the need to defend itself, doctors confirmed.

Still, Torres remains spooked by her close contact with the venomous creature.

Torres explained:

“I never thought they would crawl in your ear or any part of your body.”

With no idea about why or how the spider entered her body, she plans to take precautions from now on before heading to bed. Torres said:

“I went and put some cotton balls in my ear last night, because I did not have any ear plugs.

I’m pretty terrified of spiders.”

By Elias Marat | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com

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Scientists Catch a Glimpse of a Ultra-Rare Giant Phantom Jelly, With Bizarre Ribbon-Like Arms

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Researchers have seen a large deep-sea jellyfish with the assistance of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) named Doc Ricketts off the coast of California, in an extremely rare sighting. The footage revealed the creature’s unique and exquisite features.

The uncommon encounter was documented in November this year, 990 meters (3,200 ft) deep in Monterey Bay, according to a report issued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

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The enigmatic phantom jellyfish was initially discovered in 1899, but scientists did not recognize it as a distinct species until 1960. Scientists still know very little about this creature.

The specimen of the huge phantom jelly has only been seen 110 times in 110 years across the world. According to the MBARI research, despite thousands of dives, their ROVs have only observed this amazing species nine times.

The huge phantom jellyfish has the following characteristics:

The bell of this deep-sea denizen is more than one meter (3.3 feet) broad, with four ribbon-like oral (or mouth) arms that can grow to be more than 10 meters (33 feet) long, according to an MBARI report.

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The species is said to inhabit anywhere between the surface and 21,900 feet in depth. It does, however, remain in the twilight zone, which is just beyond the reach of sunlight.

The organism, formally known as ‘Stygiomedusa gigantea’, is found all across the planet except in the Arctic Ocean, according to the experts.

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It’s worth noting that, in the past, scientists depended on trawl-nets to examine deep-sea species; but, the jellies, which transform into a viscous goo in trawl nets, were difficult to research using this outdated method. Fish, crabs, and squids are among the only creatures that can be effectively studied from nets.

Researchers may now examine these creatures in their native habitat with high-definition footage thanks to the robot cams. I, personally, prefer this “no-touch” approach.

Watch the mesmerizing video here:

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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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