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Giant Sea Worm Unmasked as Coral Killer

17th March 2009

Giant Sea Worm Unmasked as Coral Killer

 

Aquarists at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay have discovered the identity of a mysterious killer that had been devastating their coral reef display over recent months.

 

Staff at the award-winning attraction had been puzzled by violent attacks on their fragile living reefs - in some cases the corals had been literally cut in half.

 

After staking out the display for several weeks, aquarists decided as a last resort to take it apart rock by rock.

 

Halfway through the process the terrifying perpetrator was finally revealed - a monstrous four-foot-long giant reef worm.

 

Staff eventually lured it out with fish scraps - but not before it bit through 20lb fishing line. :willy:

 

Curator Matt Slater said: "As part of our tropical marine displays we have been painstakingly propagating a variety of corals. They are extremely slow-growing and every one we have lost to these attacks was a major blow.

 

"In the end it got so bad that I decided to literally take the display apart to find out who was responsible. I could hardly believe my eyes when I finally caught sight of the culprit.

 

"It really does look like something out of a horror movie! It's over four feet long with these bizarre-looking jaws. Having done some research we also discovered that it is covered with thousands of bristles which are capable of inflicting a sting resulting in permanent numbness'."

 

Matt believes it probably arrived as a juvenile in a delivery of living rock from another aquarium.

 

After being carefully removed the worm - which has been nicknamed 'Barry' by staff - has been re-located into its own tank, safely away from the coral.

 

"Obviously we're reluctant to feed it on any more of our living coral so we are currently looking at alternatives. Some references suggest it may also feed on seaweed so we'll try it on that in the short term," added Matt.

 

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Having done some research we also discovered that it is covered with thousands of bristles which are capable of inflicting a sting resulting in permanent numbness

 

 

Man, it would suck to find that out without having done the research first.

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People tend to think of worms as harmless like the earthworms you stick on your fishing hook, but there are very NASTY worms that hunt with a voracity of a supreme predator. Not to mention the ones that can live and grow in your digestive track! Buddy of mine had a tapeworm in him, you don't want to hear the details!! : O

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People tend to think of worms as harmless like the earthworms you stick on your fishing hook, but there are very NASTY worms that hunt with a voracity of a supreme predator. Not to mention the ones that can live and grow in your digestive track! Buddy of mine had a tapeworm in him, you don't want to hear the details!! : O

 

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South Bronx Parasite!! :thu:

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People tend to think of worms as harmless like the earthworms you stick on your fishing hook, but there are very NASTY worms that hunt with a voracity of a supreme predator. Not to mention the ones that can live and grow in your digestive track! Buddy of mine had a tapeworm in him, you don't want to hear the details!! : O

Tapeworms are gross. And yeah, they can do some real damage.

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The show "House" did an episode where they couldn't figure out what was wrong with the guy until the end, and it was a huge tapeworm!! House cut him open and pulled the sucker out while I was eatin my spaghetti! mmmm spaghetti....

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So does this end the global warming theory as a reason the coral reefs are disappearing?

 

No.

Global Warming caused a genetic mutation in the coral while this itty bitty microscopic worm was eating it and turned it into the monster you see now.

 

It's like Godzilla. Only real. :thu:

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