scary or not?

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  1. LouiseS

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    this crawled out of the rock during my clean. Touchable or not?:p

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  3. Ayoob

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    Not scary and not Touchable
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    nope its a bristle worm, scavenger, the bristle worm will cause an irritation

    they are good, but they can get to plague proportions if tank is "dirty"
     
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    unless of course they get to be almost 20 cm like the monster I found in my tank.....lol
     
  6. LouiseS

    LouiseS Thread Starter

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    Thanks! Was a getting a little worried sticking my hands in the tank :lol:
    If they don't bite, they can stay (along with the hitch-hiker crabs)!
     
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    Don't know about you guys but they freak me out :lol:
    Found a 30cm+ one in my prev tank:eek:
     
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    Barry the giant sea worm discovered by aquarium staff after mysterious attacks on coral reef


    By Daily Mail Reporter
    UPDATED:15:27 GMT, 31 March 2009


    Aquarium staff have unearthed a 'giant sea' worm that was attacking coral reef and prize fish.

    The 4ft long monster, named Barry, had launched a sustained attack on the reef in a display tank at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium over recent months.
    Workers at the Cornwall-based attraction had been left scratching their heads as to why the coral had been left devastated and - in some cases - cut in half.

    [​IMG]Discovered: 'Barry' the sea worm had been nestling under coral reef, attacking it and fish, at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium in Cornwall


    After staking out the display for several weeks, the last resort was to completely dismantle it, rock by rock.

    Halfway through the process the predator was revealed as a four-foot polychaete worm.


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    Staff eventually lured it out with fish scraps, but not before it bit through 20lb fishing line.

    [​IMG]Don't mess: The tropical worm is covered in thousands of bristles which are capable of inflicting a sting resulting in permanent numbness


    The tropical worm is capable of inflicting permanent numbness on humans with its sting.
    Matt Slater, the aquarium's curator, said: 'Something was guzzling our reef but we had no idea what, we also found an injured Tang Fish so we laid traps but they got ripped apart in the night.

    'That worm must have obliterated the traps. The bait was full of hooks which he must have just digested.'


    [​IMG]Home from home: The display tank where Barry was attacking coral reef and fish



    He added: 'It really does look like something out of a horror movie. It's over four feet long with these bizarre-looking jaws.

    'We also discovered that he is covered with thousands of bristles which are capable of inflicting a sting resulting in permanent numbness.'
    Mr Slater said Barry, who has now been relocated to his own tank, probably arrived as a juvenile in a delivery of living rock from another aquarium


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...terious-attacks-coral-reef.html#ixzz25eFjwXl0
     
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    ..:eek:
     
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    barry freaks me the f out!
     
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    coooool !
     
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    Been stung before, about 15 years back when I worked at a LFS, the area that was stung went numb for months and I constantly sloughed skin on that area.
     
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    Couple of months ago my Trigger tried to take a bite out of one of these, I have never seen my Trigger spitting food out that quickly! For quite a while afterwards you could see he was uncomfortable and kept on doing something similar to spitting or blowing with his mouth.

    He is a tough bugger though, 2 hours later and no visible signs of it!
     
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