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Preacher
04-03-2009, 05:47 PM
Ok.. I think I may have just been permanently frightened out of the ocean... GROSS.

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Huge Sea Worm Captured in Britain


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(April 2) - Staff at a British aquarium have captured a massive sea worm that had been terrorizing other aquatic life.
For months, the 4-foot-long creature -- which staffers call "Barry" -- had been devastating coral reef at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium, the Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1165930/Barry-giant-sea-worm-discovered-aquarium-staff-mysterious-attacks-coral-reef.html) newspaper reported Tuesday. The menacing monster also apparently injured a Tang fish.
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Jumbo Worm: This 4-foot-long sea worm was devastating coral reef and terrorizing fish at an aquarium in Cornwall, southwestern England, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday. The creature, known as "Barry," devoured bait traps -- hooks and all -- and bit through a 20-pound fishing line before staffers finally managed to capture it. The worm was moved to its own tank.



Initially, aquarium workers weren't sure what was harming the coral, which in some cases was cut in half. After weeks with no clues, they decided to take the display apart to see if they could find the culprit, the Mail reported.
Workers laid bait traps, which were mysteriously destroyed in the night, as the glutton apparently devoured the fish hooks right along with the bait. Finally, staffers spotted the tropical worm, which bit through a 20-pound fishing line before staffers were able to successfully remove it from the tank.


The creature is covered with nasty bristles that sting and can cause permanent numbness in humans, the newspaper said.
"Tt really does look like something out of a horror movie," Matt Slater, the aquarium's curator, told the Mail. "It's over 4 feet long with these bizarre-looking jaws."
Slater said he suspects Barry arrived as a baby in a shipment from another aquarium. The worm now lives in his own tank.

TheWarDen86
04-03-2009, 05:55 PM
That thing is only 4 feet long??? It looks like it's 25 feet long or better!!

TeeJay
04-03-2009, 06:02 PM
Awesome!!!

That that would'ave made Starship Troopers 3 watchable..........just. :popcorn:

steelwall
04-03-2009, 09:34 PM
Wild looking joker...

touchdownward
04-03-2009, 09:50 PM
Ever see the movie Squirm?
That thing looks just like the mutated earthworm in that movie. :bite::bite::bite:

stillers4me
04-04-2009, 08:38 AM
ick.

Godfather
04-04-2009, 12:20 PM
Sea worm? Does it bark?

devilsdancefloor
04-04-2009, 12:41 PM
Ok.. I think I may have just been permanently frightened out of the ocean... GROSS.
http://news.aol.com/article/giant-sea-worm/412269

tony would fight 20 of these plus a shark at the same time! c'mon preach! :chuckle:

It is a ugly thing for sure! I think it is a alien of some sorts kill it killl it!

fansince'76
04-04-2009, 12:42 PM
Ever see the movie Squirm?
That thing looks just like the mutated earthworm in that movie. :bite::bite::bite:

Wow, I found another one of the approximately 10 people in this world that have actually seen that movie. :thumbsup: And you're right, it DOES look like one of those mutated earthworms.

Fire Haley
04-04-2009, 01:19 PM
Pthhhftp - I use those things for bait.

devilsdancefloor
04-04-2009, 02:19 PM
Pthhhftp - I use those things for bait.

What the heak are you trying to catch!

xfl2001fan
04-04-2009, 02:23 PM
What the heak are you trying to catch!

Bigger mutant earthworms.

Fire Haley
04-04-2009, 03:18 PM
What the heak are you trying to catch!

http://www.divingdvd.com/jewfish.jpg

http://catch-em-all.com/imgs/Colt%20442.jpg

I_Bleed_Black_And_Gold
04-04-2009, 06:45 PM
Is it like a new species or something? I can't seem to find any information on exactly what it is.

fansince'76
04-04-2009, 07:02 PM
Is it like a new species or something? I can't seem to find any information on exactly what it is.

Looks almost like a rockfish to me, but I can't really tell either. I caught a few rockfish in Alaska, but we were using herring for bait. VERY good eating. :thumbsup:

EDIT: I right-clicked on the top pic and apparently it's a jewfish: http://www.fishing-boating.com/articles/gamefish/jewfish.htm. I think those and rockfish both belong to the grouper family.