What This 10-Foot-Long Worm Will Do For A Meal Is Terrifying!

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Eunice aphroditois. Also known as the bobbit worm or sand striker. You may have heard of them, and if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.

Well, you are if you consider creepy, crawly predators who call the ocean floor their home a treat, that is.

So, what makes these worms so interesting?

Photo: YouTube/Smithsonian Channel

Photo: YouTube/Smithsonian Channel

Well, their size, for one. They may look small upon first glance, but don’t let what’s above the surface of the ocean floor fool you. They can grow to be up to 10 feet long! These sly predators dig themselves into the ocean floor, leaving only a few inches of their bodies exposed above ground for hunting.

Photo: YouTube/Smithsonian Channel

Photo: YouTube/Smithsonian Channel

Using five-hooked antennae, the bobbit worm senses its prey, and when the time is right, it strikes. Using a part of its mouth called the pharynx, the worm chomps down on its victim—its speed and strength powerful enough to split a fish in half!

Photo: YouTube/Smithsonian Channel

Photo: YouTube/Smithsonian Channel

In the video below, you can see them in action! Take a look to learn more about these incredible (and somewhat terrifying) animals!

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