Video - Bobbit Worm - Dinner time

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  1. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Note the first creature is a scorpionfish and not, as I first thought, a hairy octopus :grin:.


    Bobbit Worms are a very strange nocturnal predatory worm. They have most of their bodies buried in the sand, with just their frightening looking pincers showing.

    I was patiently filming a couple that were close together and my waiting paid off...

    ..the first Bobbit Worm attacks and eats a foolish Scorpionfish that wandered in too close...

    ...the second went for a Long Arm Octopus that got too close....I was quite upset, as I Love octopuses, but luckily the plucky little octopus was too tough for the bobbit Worm and escaped after a few seconds..
     
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    wow.... imagine if they grew large enough to take divers, they would become the top predator in the ocean.
     
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    I have more than once thought that Dune was based on that thinking and they missed the boat on the movie for a really spectacular villain :grin:

    I keep thinking of a mantis shrimp with I look at it and wonder if there is a relationship.
     
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    great vid! in some of the fossil checklists ive been reading there are at least half a dozen annelid worm species listed, and many of them are known from chitinous "teeth" that look quite a bit like the "pincers" on that bobbit worm.

    Solecodont Teeth


    Arabellites Tooth
     

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