The Bobbit Worm

Want to learn about something totally awesome today?  Of course you do!  You’d be a fool not to.  Honestly, I can’t imagine a day where I don’t wonder what Dawson thinks is cool.  You’re so lucky today, because I’m going to tell you about one of my top fifteen favorite sea creatures — the Bobbit worm!

What’s so great about some silly worm, you ask?  It isn’t some silly worm!  It’s an awesome worm from the class Polychaete — a class known for their chitinous protrusions and segmented bodies.

Of these worms, the Bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois), is definitely the coolest.  They can grow up to 10 ft long and hunt by burying themselves in sand or gravel and ambushing prey. 

Check out the speed of that thing.  They’ve been known to snap their prey clean in half with their first strike.  They’re also poisonous.  The before mentioned protrusions down the length of the worm can inflict a painful sting that eventually results in permanent numbness in humans.  That’s right.  These guys can mess you up permanently.

Here’s the best part.  You could be accidentally raising one of these monsters in your tropical aquarium right now!  Bobbit worms have a reputation for hitching rides on coral and gravel right into people’s homes.  Here is a forum thread created by some lucky guy in Michigan who ended up with one killing his lesser fish.  For some reason, he is trying to get rid of his.  I just assume Michigan is a crazy place.

Scientific American has some more pictures and some information about the worms.  This page has a ton of videos of the critters being all cute and awesome.

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