Bobbit Worm

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Is it just me or does the Bobbit Worm kind of remind you of the underground creatures from the movie Tremors, Alien or Predators.

A common myth about the Bobbit Worm is that they got their name from the fact that the female worms cuts off the penis of the male worm after mating, and then feeds it to her young.  Remember the John & Lorena Bobbit story.  Well, this is actually not true. In fact, the worms lack penises entirely.

bobbitThe Bobbit Worm is a predatory animal that feeds on fish, crabs and anything else that swims by them. Typically, they will bury themselves in the ocean floor only exposing their five antennae which sense any movement. Once the worms sense a tasty snack in the area they use their razor sharp teeth (yes, a worm with teeth – creepy, I know) and incredible speed to pull the unfortunate passerby underground which usually spells the end for prey item.

The sharp teeth and quick speed make this worm a very deadly predator. It is not uncommon for the Bobbit Worm to slice their fish in two with a single attack. As well, these worms are known to use their sharp teeth to chew through the coral reef. If this weren’t scary enough, these worms are also covered with a ton of bristles. They will use these bristles to help them move around (usually at night) but these bristles are also capable of delivering a painful sting. A sting that can cause permanent nerve damage in humans leaving that portion of your body feeling numb for the rest of your life.

Cool Facts About The Bobbit Worm

–  The Bobbit Worm can be found burrowed in the ocean floor at depths between 10 m (33 ft) and 40 m (130 ft)

–  Incredibly this predatory worm is known to grow up to 3 m (9.8 ft) in length, making it the worst enemy for many fish and crab species (and making it the scariest worm you will every lay your eyes on)

–  Never touch a Bobbit Worm – their body is composed of many nerve damaging bristles. Touch one of these bristles and you will have permanent nerve damage

–  If you are looking to observe one of these worms (or avoid) they can typically be found in the warmer ocean waters surrounding the Indo-Pacific region

 

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May 10, 2016 |

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