What in the world is this thing..

RPL/LL

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Found in my work parking lot near a wooded area..any ideas? Everett,wa

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HauntedByWaters

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My favorite story of one of these critters:

When I was young I was fishing off a family friends dock on a lake and gill hooked a fish that died quickly. I put the fish on a piece of string hanging off the dock and into the water to keep it cold and completely forgot about it (I was like 12 or 13).

Later that night someone reminded me about the fish and how I should cut and fillet it because I killed it. So I went and grabbed the fish and put it on a cutting board in the kitchen. I had little experience so did poorly opening the gut cavity but when I did I could see lots of movement in the stomach. My friend said, “it’s got a fish in its belly!” So I saw that stomach open and out pops this giant beetle thing and it is ripping around everywhere like a boss. Very fast like a cockroach on the fluid covered cutting board.

The girls in the room were forever impacted and rarely swam around there until they were old enough to not be scared.

My hunch is the beetle crawled in the fish after it was dead and was eating from the inside out. It is possible the fish ate the beetle but the beetle was in perfect shape and very feisty so I didn’t think it was eaten.
 

Canuck from Kansas

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My favorite story of one of these critters:

When I was young I was fishing off a family friends dock on a lake and gill hooked a fish that died quickly. I put the fish on a piece of string hanging off the dock and into the water to keep it cold and completely forgot about it (I was like 12 or 13).

Later that night someone reminded me about the fish and how I should cut and fillet it because I killed it. So I went and grabbed the fish and put it on a cutting board in the kitchen. I had little experience so did poorly opening the gut cavity but when I did I could see lots of movement in the stomach. My friend said, “it’s got a fish in its belly!” So I saw that stomach open and out pops this giant beetle thing and it is ripping around everywhere like a boss. Very fast like a cockroach on the fluid covered cutting board.

The girls in the room were forever impacted and rarely swam around there until they were old enough to not be scared.

My hunch is the beetle crawled in the fish after it was dead and was eating from the inside out. It is possible the fish ate the beetle but the beetle was in perfect shape and very feisty so I didn’t think it was eaten.

Your screen name should be HauntedByBugs:).

cheers
 

Northern

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My favorite story of one of these critters:

When I was young I was fishing off a family friends dock on a lake and gill hooked a fish that died quickly. I put the fish on a piece of string hanging off the dock and into the water to keep it cold and completely forgot about it (I was like 12 or 13).

Later that night someone reminded me about the fish and how I should cut and fillet it because I killed it. So I went and grabbed the fish and put it on a cutting board in the kitchen. I had little experience so did poorly opening the gut cavity but when I did I could see lots of movement in the stomach. My friend said, “it’s got a fish in its belly!” So I saw that stomach open and out pops this giant beetle thing and it is ripping around everywhere like a boss. Very fast like a cockroach on the fluid covered cutting board.

The girls in the room were forever impacted and rarely swam around there until they were old enough to not be scared.

My hunch is the beetle crawled in the fish after it was dead and was eating from the inside out. It is possible the fish ate the beetle but the beetle was in perfect shape and very feisty so I didn’t think it was eaten.
Mother. Of. God.

If I had been one of those "girls in the room", it probably would have saved me from a lifetime fishing addiction!
 
Maeng Da! Yum!

Growing up in various parts of South-east Asia, I used to eat the Asian relative (Lethocerus indicus). Deep-fried with a chili sauce (also partly made from Maeng Da) or mixed into noodles were my favorite ways of enjoying them. Tastes like shrimp, but with a nuttier flavor. As Homer would say, "Hmmm, Maeng Da!"

Kenneth
 

SilverFly

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Mother. Of. God.

If I had been one of those "girls in the room", it probably would have saved me from a lifetime fishing addiction!

My wife loves being near the water, just not in it, because of mostly imaginary "things" lurking under the surface. Not so imaginary in this case. Although, the real nightmare creepy/crawlies live in saltwater. "Bobbit worms" make this thing look like a ladybug.
 

Northern

It's all good.
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My wife loves being near the water, just not in it, because of mostly imaginary "things" lurking under the surface. Not so imaginary in this case. Although, the real nightmare creepy/crawlies live in saltwater. "Bobbit worms" make this thing look like a ladybug.
The thought of creepy crawlies in the water doesn't bother me - I expect them there. It was the Alien-esque emergence of the creature from inside the fish that's the stuff of my nightmares!
Nope, nope, nope.
 

Gyrfalcon21

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Was fishing the desert once in the dark and heard a really weird sound near me. After a few minutes I decided to shine a light and look. A Giant Water Bug was "preening" itself by waters edge. YIKES ! That was a spooky sight that had me forgetting about ticks and snakes.

One more thing to consider telling people you don't want to take night fishing with you..
 

creekx

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Many years ago a customer of Blue Ribbon Flies in West was bitten/stung by a water beetle on the Madison. His entire leg was swollen, causing a serious medical emergency. He had been wet wading with wading pants and the bug was trapped inside a pant leg. The consensus at the time was do not wear wading pants unless you have a cuff or have them tucked inside a gravel guard. Of course I never heeded that warning...
 

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