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This Giant Shipworm Is Over 5 Feet Long And A Thing Of Nightmares

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Shipworms, which are mollusks that can grow up to two feet in length, are often regarded as the pests of the ocean. These creepy creatures are known for eating through wooden boats and all but destroying piers, making them a nuisance to those who work in and around the seas they inhabit.

However, it is this species’ even eerier cousin, the giant shipworm, that’s long evaded up-close study by biologists around the world. Because of this, they’ve remained relatively mysterious to researchers until recently.

Footage of a giant shipworm has recently made its way to the Internet. The detailed examination of this extremely elongated mollusk gives many of us a glimpse into just how truly horrifying this sea creature really is for the first time ever…

Biologists and researchers recently had a first time encounter with a giant shipworm, a species of mollusk generally regarded as an ocean nuisance. These bizarre and elongated creatures reach lengths of up to five feet and have remained relatively mysterious to scientists, until now…

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A bivalve, the giant shipworm is enclosed in a hard shell, similar to an oyster or a clam. Until this recent video surfaced, researchers had yet to see one outside of its casing. Thanks to this rare footage, people are getting the chance to see what these strange creatures actually look like…

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“It’s sort of the unicorn of mollusks,” University of Utah marine microbiologist Margo Haywood said to reporters in an interview about the giant shipworm. “It’s quite heavy. It’s like picking up a tree branch or something even heavier. The living animal is just magnificent.”

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Researchers have finally pinpointed that the giant shipworm lives in the mud of shallow lagoons that are typically filled with various forms of rotting wood. It turns out that rotting wood is pretty much the only thing they eat.

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Most eerie of all, it turns out that the giant shipworm doesn’t even have to eat anything at all in order to survive. These creatures use symbiotic bacteria found in their gills to extract energy and make it through the day.


It’s safe to say that the giant shipworm may be spooky to most people, but learning about them is still very worthwhile! In the video below, watch how a giant shipworm slithers out of its protective shell and onto the lab table…

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That really is a creepy crawly, but you have to admit, it is pretty fascinating whether it gives you goosebumps or not.

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