Giant 4ft Sea Worm Unmasked as Coral Killer!

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  1. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Partner Member

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    This "worm" was found at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay and dubbed the Coral Killer! WOW it's a beauty! :squigglemouth:

    It was 4ft long and bit through a 20lb test of fishing line!
     
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  2. Loki

    Loki My skimmate doesn't stink R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    OH MY GOD! I would hate to see that thing in my tank!
     
  3. tigé21v

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    Looks like the Eunicid Steve Weast pulled out of his tank.
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    Nasty.
    His website was one of the first I stumbled across when I started getting interested in reefkeeping, when I saw that pic of that worm it was almost enough to make me change my mind.
     
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    Looks like a giant strip of fajita! Lol :g
     
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    kes Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    I pulled a similar sized one from one of my friend's 120g tank. All adults freaked out, kids smiled.
     
  6. SeahorseKeeper

    SeahorseKeeper Where's the mysis? Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    Great, I'm going to have nightmares now. Things like that freak me out.
     
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    Will never stick my hands in a fish tank again.....ok im over it!
     
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    That looks so cool!! I'd spear it if it was in my tank...but still cool!!
     
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    What are the odds.... I just posted this Guess what I just found in my tank... - TCMAS on our local forum today. Found him earlier this morning while doing some maint. etc. Still have him in a plastic cup by the tank at the moment.
     
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    Soooooo creepy! i founda 4" bristleworm once and thought he was horrible. i could only imagine a 4 footer....

    125g mixed reef
     
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    Here is my Bobbit worm. This is after I broke a 2 foot section off. Yes they are coral eaters. The night before I caught him I watched him eat a cap like an ear of corn. His lair had two quart jars of frags in it.

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    :fish2: bam.....1 bite 1 kill :D
     
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    OMG thats huge!

    125g mixed reef
     
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    Wow this is crazy!
     
  15. Paul C.

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    Wait.....ur telling me something like that could grow in my tank??? OMG
     
  16. mrbncal

    mrbncal Old guy ...new hangout.

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    Had one in my tank also. Couldn't get it out until I broke the tank down for a move. I just left the rock it was living in out of the new setup. It was only 20 inches long. It ate a LOT of acans and zoas before I figured out what was happening..... dang worm.
     
  17. Wesley42079

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    This post makes me want to remove my sandbed and rocks.

    I guess I'll just hang corals on frag racks.
     
  18. Pkunk35

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    I caught this guy out of my 20 gal tank a couple weeks ago. I had been trying to catch him for a while now but he would never extend his body completely out of the base rock he lived in. I have seen him stretch at least 15 inches as he has gone coral diving halfway across my tank while his rear end is still in the base rock.

    He looks like a normal bristle worm to me but I suspected him of killing all my dusters in the last year and a half. I believe he had a taste for the feather portions (not the worm itself) but unconfirmed if this is true. It was really horrible to watch the dusters get attacked (it always happened at night and I would see the aftermath in the morning), recover their crowns then get attacked again.

    I started filming this (vid is kinda long, the good stuff is at 1:55):
    [video=youtube;RshUozpT1Pk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RshUozpT1Pk&feature=plcp[/video]


    Then i decided to drop the phone and try to catch him since he was so far extended out of the rock and then i had this:
    [video=youtube;UIiRdOYayR8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIiRdOYayR8&feature=plcp[/video]
     

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