April 21, 2012

This Monster Could Go Anywhere!

Aquarists at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, Cornwall (UK) found this bizarre, four-foot long marine worm demolishing their coral exhibits. 

Not only is it enormous (for a worm!), its jaws bit through a 20lb fishing line while they were trying to catch it, and it is “covered with bristles which are capable of inflicting a sting resulting in permanent numbness,” according to the aquarium’s curator Matt Slater.

Isn’t this a critter worthy of joining your adventures?

5 comments:

  1. Another reason to never go swimming in tropical waters.

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  2. Ha ha, that's a pleasure I just can't give up! Seeing as how I live 15 minutes away from some beautiful coral reefs ... :-)

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  3. Well, I live in a country where the recommended procedure when bitten by our most poisonous snake (which I think is our most poisonous anything) is 'Relax for a few hours, and don't eat or drink.'

    Compare that to Box Jellyfish, Stonefish and the cute little critter above, and you might understand why I get a little paranoid.

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  4. Yup, if there are box jellyfish in the water I'd probably find something else to do than swim.

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  5. Ever read the War Against The Chtoor novels by David Gerrold.

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