This Horrendous Worm Cannot Be Unseen, But What The Hell Is It?

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TN121 This Horrendous Worm Cannot Be Unseen, But What The Hell Is It?

This is just… NOPE.

This video of a worm thing spitting… stuff, all over a guy’s hand, is doing the rounds at the minute.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxtKxlR5yqM

But what the f*ck is it?

Well, it’s a nemertea, or a ‘ribbon worm’.

Smithsonian Mag said:

As a second line of defense, many ribbon worms are poisonous and taste bad. Several species contain tetrodotoxin, the infamous pufferfish venom that can induce paralysis and death by asphyxia.

It’s still not known exactly how the toxins are produced—they may linger in the worms from ingested bacteria—but they deter predators from taking a bite. Some even eject toxins from their proboscis.

It’s horrible, and I will probably have a nightmare tonight after watching that video several times.

Sorry.

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