Thursday, April 23, 2009

4-foot long, poisonous sea worm found in aquarium

After mysterious attacks on the coral reef and prize fish in Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium (Cornwall, UK), staff decided to stake out the display. Weeks later, they had no answers but the brutal attacks were mounting. Left with no other option but to wonder if the suspect lay within the tank, they decided to upturn the display rock by rock. The perp was revealed as a four-foot long, spiny Polychaete Worm capable of stinging a human and leaving permanent numbness. After deliberations, it was sentenced to solitary in its own tank at the aquarium. It's believed that the worm arrived on some of the live coral used to build the display as a "juvie".

Full story at the Daily Mail (Mail Online)
Polychaete Worm photo sourced at Wikipedia Commons
More on the Polychaete Worm at

1 comment:

Rosie Unknown said...

Wow, that's crazy!