A Real Life Sarlacc

by on 14/01/2017
 

So it seems the Sarlacc isn’t actually science fiction after all. In fact we have our very own Sarlaac right here on earth…. granted it’s a lot smaller but it’s apitite is just as unquenchable and its threat just as horrifying.

Don’t believe me? Then check this out!

From Wikipedia :

Eunice aphroditois (colloquially known as the Bobbit(t) worm) is an aquatic predatory polychaete worm dwelling at the ocean floor.

An ambush predator, the animal buries its long body into an ocean bed composed of gravel, mud, or corals, where it waits for a stimulus to one of its five antennae, attacking when it senses prey. Armed with sharp teeth, it is known to attack with such speed that its prey is sometimes sliced in half.

Eunicids inject a toxin into their prey, which stuns or kills it, such that prey much larger than the worm itself can be eaten and digested.

Another family of polychaete worms, the fireworms (Amphinomidae), have harpoon-shaped chaetae (bristles) that release a toxin that can cause severe skin irritation, but in E. aphroditois, the chaetae are used only for grip when crawling over sediment.

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