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Terrifying Worm Snatches Fish from the Ocean Floor   

Sand strikers, also known as bobbit worms, are primitive-looking creatures that lack eyes, or even a brain. Despite this, they are savage predators who shoot out grapple-like hooks to reel in passing fish. 

via: Smithsonian Channel

grumpyfaceurn  asked:

What on earth IS that rainbow-y horror worm thing?

BOBBIT WORMS!!!

Pretty little polychaetes who bury their several-metre-long bodies in the ground and wait until something brushes up against one of their antennae. They then snap their venomous mandibles shut so fast they sometimes scissor their prey right in half

Anyway, don’t step on one!

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Euphanize

Scissor Jaw Pokémon
Type: Electric/Poison
Height: 13'01"
Weight: 357.1 lbs.
Abilities: Dry Skin, Poison Point
Hidden Ability: Water Veil
Pokedex Entry:
Even touching its bristles briefly can cause numbness and paralysis that lasts for days.
In a flash, its jaws snap shut around its prey. Unlucky ones are sliced cleanly in half.
Stats:
HP 76
ATK 130
DEF 70
SPA 73
SPD 60
SPE 91
BST 500

The bobbit worm Pokemon, now with stats!

See this little guy here? Doesn’t he look pretty? Doesn’t he look like he wants to play? This guy right here is called a Bobbit Worm. And don’t let looks fool you, this little guy is vicious. These motherfuckers live in the ocean, at depths of around 10-40 meters, but have also been known to inhabit warm, shallow waters as well. They burrow under the sand and wait for prey to swim by their antennae. As soon as they detect any stimulus, they attack with their sharp teeth at speeds so fast they often cut fish in half, they can even cut coral in half, although normally they just pull they prey under the sand, where they finish them off. Here’s a video of one of these motherfuckers in action. Now you’re probably thinking “Oh this guys so tiny, he can’t hurt me” but you couldn’t be more wrong. These things average up to a meter in length, but have been known to grown up to 3 meters long. Yeah, you heard fucking right, 3 fucking meters, that’s longer than a grown human being, even longer than the tallest human being that ever lived. These motherfuckers are huge, I mean just look at this thing.

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But that’s not even the worst part about these nasty buggers. Do you want to know what the worst part is? I don’t think you do. I really don’t think you do. But I’m gonna tell you anyways. This thing is covered, literally covered, in bristles capable of a sting that results in permanent numbness in humans. That’s right. There ain’t no walking that shit off. This shit is permanent. As in haunt you for the rest of your life permanent. Yeah. Think about that the next time you go fucking around in the ocean. Shit’s dangerous.

Alien of the deep by YoHomma The Bobbit Worm is a predatory worm that hides on the sea floor and strikes at passing fish with those fearsome jaws! Its body has an amazing iridescent sheet when lit up by strobes.

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A sketchy conceptual commission, though there’s still more sketches to do on it. The original concept was of a moray-toad based monster, but I’m putting weird spins on it to see what works.
That winning smile there is from a mix of lamprey, bobbit worm and sarcastic fringehead, featuring the second jaws further in that eels have. Basically it’s a good time and you should give it a kiss

The Bestiary: Bobbit Worm

Ah, annelids. Earthworms and the like. Those squishy little soil-eaters who help keeping the ground nutritious. Certainly helpful, they are. And while they are not the most cuddly animals, they are definitely not frighteOH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT THING.

Suddenly, I started questioning whether it was a good idea to start this series. I have a feeling that If I write anything bad about it, this fiend of Hell will hunt me down while I sleep.

Oh my God.

Well, let’s see.

Today’s Episode: the Bobbit Worm

Found in almost all warm seas around the world (suh-weet dreams, folks!) but mostly in the Indo-Pacific, the bobbit worm or  Eunice aphroditois, is one of the most frightening, creepy and bizarre marine predators (aside from deep sea predators, of course. You just can’t trump deep-sea predators in terms of scariness). Resembling a bizarre mix of an antlion, a Grandfather of the Desert and a killer rainbow, these terrifying annelid butchers bury their bodies into the ocean floor, only sticking out their head, sporting a pair of razor-sharp, jagged instakill mandibles and five sensitive antennae. If potential prey swims by, they are about to get their day ruined big time.

By “potential prey”, I meant “whatever the fuck is currently there”. The worm has absolutely zero problem wolfing down animals twice its diameter and has a tendency of attacking with such force that it accidentally slices its prey in half. I feel absolutely comfortable and not unsettled in the least right now, just so you know.

Oh, did I mention the part where it swallows its prey whole? Without killing them first? Getting snatched by a horrifying giant worm, injected with paralyzing toxins, and then gulped down into its intestines to be slowly digested alive must be a swell way to go.

I can understand why is it so ravenous though. Afterall, when you have to upkeep a body up to three fucking feet long, you’ll need some nutrients.

Yes, you read that right. Three. Feet. This thing can grow up to three goddamn feet long.

And exceptionally huge ones might reach a length of ten feet. For metric-users, that’s approximately 3 meters.

The more I write about the bobbit worm, the more it seems like I’m writing some bizarre Dune fanfiction.

The scientists who have found this fucker must have had a field day. The fact that they saw its mandibles, and immediately named the worm after Lorena Bobbitt, a woman who has become infamous by cutting off her husband’s penis, clearly indicates that. Even though bobbit worms don’t actually have penises, but I digress.

These monsters are also the bane of aquariums (aquaria? Goddamnit, Latin remnant words), as they occasionally get embedded in prop rocks while still small, and unseen, they can start offing the fish in the tank, one by one, basically under the noses of the aquarium staff. The fact that it grows into a three to ten feet long hellspawn with an eye-hurting rainbow coloration in the process bothers it not in staying completely hidden. Observe:

Imagine if you had to be an undetectable master assassin from birth. Hard, eh? Now imagine you had to be an undetectable master assassin from birth, while you’re also three meters tall and wear a rainbow-colored outfit. Impossible, eh? And yet, the motherfucking bobbit worm does it with relative ease.

There is an example of this from a few years back. The fish in one of the tanks in the Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium started disappearing without a trace. Sometimes they would swim behind a coral and not emerge on the other side. The staff also found coral cut in pieces and mysterious scratch marks on the rocks. So one night, they dismantled the entire tank and found a 4-feet-long bobbit worm that has been terrorizing the tank for months. They managed to lure it out, and placed it in its own tank, nicknaming it “Barry”. By the way, prior to the dismantling, the staff put hook traps into the tank to kill the fuck out of whatever was lurking in there. It didn’t quite work, because Barry ate its way through the wire the traps were made of and digested the hooks. Welp.

Oh, and it’s covered in bristles that can cause numbness permanently.

Overall, if you need something to keep yourself safe from bobbit worms, I recommend using this.

Sweet dreams.

Random Kaiju Generator!

by Michael Harrel

A system-agnostic, slightly Pacific Rim-centric (but useful for other settings), card-based giant monster creation aid.

Instructions: Draw 6 cards and build on the results.

Cards 1 and 2 - Animal Bases
The kaiju’s physical description should be a combination of these two animals; however, neither animal should be mentioned by name in your description. (i.e., if you’re describing Gamera, don’t just say “It’s a giant turtle with elephant tusks.”)

Hearts
A Waterbear/Tardigrade
2 Blob/Gelatin/Amoeba/Jellyfish
3 Centipede/House Centipede
4 Slug/Leech/Worm/Bobbit Worm
5 Spider/Scorpion
6 Shrimp/Mantis Shrimp
7 Bacteriophage
8 Grasshopper/Weta/Cricket
9 Antlion larvae
10 Mosquito
J Fly / Wasp / Hornet
Q Dust Mite
K Coccolithophores/Radiolaria

Diamonds
A Bat / Vampire bat
2 Pangolin/Armadillo
3 Platypus
4 Giraffe
5 Mole/Naked Mole Rat/Starnose Mole
6 Porcupine / Echidna / Hedgehog
7 Bear/Grizzly Bear/Polar Bear
8 Boar/Pig/Razorback
9 Bull/Ox
10 Lion/Tiger/Sabertooth Cat
J Canid / Wolf / Hyena / Dog
Q Elk / Moose / Deer / Gazelle
K Elephant

Clubs
A Bird of Prey/Vulture/Eagle/Buzzard/Hawk
2 Axolotl
3 Frog/Toad
4 Turtle/Matamata Turtle/Alligator Snapping Turtle
5 Iguana/Komodo Dragon/Monitor Lizard
6 Snake/Python/Anaconda/Viper
7 Dimetrodon
8 Pterosaur/Quetzalcoatlus/Pteranodon
9 Ankylosaur
10 Theropod/Allosaurus/Tyrannosaurus
J Therapsid (Estemmenosuchus, for example)
Q Mosasaur
K Plesiosaur

Spades
A Blue sea slug
2 Trilobite/Horseshoe Crab/Lobster
3 Anglerfish
4 Squid/Octopus/Cuttlefish/Dumbo Octopus
5 Praying Mantis
6 Dunkleosteus
7 Sea Dragon / Sea Horse
8 Jellyfish / Man o’ War
9 Shark
10 Demon/Dragon
J Trespasser Model
Q Trespasser Model
K Trespasser Model

Cards 3-4: Special Characteristics
Your kaiju will also have special attacks, powers, or other characteristics, which may not have anything to do with the base animals. (I.e., Gamera’s rocket propulsion is almost entirely unrelated to normal turtle behavior.)

Hearts
A. Lamprey mouth
2. Tentacles!
3. Lots of horns/spikes
4. Wings
5. Camouflage / Invisibility
6. Sonic Weapon
7. Breath weapon
8. Pincers or Claws
9. Shape Changing
10. Long Jumping / Pouncing
J. Attack deflection
Q. Forcefield
K. Shockwaves / Tidal Waves

Diamonds
A. Miasma / Toxic fog
2. Burrowing
3. Constriction
4. Rapid Asexual Reproduction
5. Energy Drain/Absorption
6. Whip Tail
7. Multiple heads/mouths
8. Hidden/Retractable spikes all over its body
9. Several smaller kaiju hidden inside
10. Binding mucus / Hyper-sticky glue slime
J. Eye beam
Q. Sonic burst weapon
K. Hidden scythe-like arms

Clubs
A. Psychic Blast / Forced Drifting
2. Self Destruct Mode
3. Parasite Injector
4. Mental Surge
5. Greater Darkness
6. Multidimensional folding
7. Resurrection/Healing
8. Tractor beam / Magnetic Field / Artificial Gravity
9. Very Long Tongue / Frog’s tongue
10. Acid Attack
J. Space warping
Q. Made of lots of tiny organisms
K. Field of darkness / Photon negation

Spades
A. Bone shards / Bone spikes
2. Size expansion/contraction
3. “Force” Slam / Push
4. Defensive Regurgitation
5. Explosive / Detachable Body Parts
6. Able to flatten itself / change shape
7. Biological or energy net, trap, tripwire, web
8. Speed boost
9. Extreme Temperature Control
J. Flight
Q. Mesmerization / Hypnosis
K. Biological chain-saw

Card 5: Category/Height/Weight
This card is fairly Pacific Rim-universe specific, so if you’re generating a kaiju for another setting, feel free to skip it. The card’s suit is irrelevant here.

A - Category 1 / 200ft / 2000 tons
2 - Category 2 / 200 - 300ft / 2000 - 3000 tons
3 - Category 2 / 250 - 350ft / 2500 - 3500 tons
4 - Category 3 / 300 - 400ft / 3000 - 4000 tons
5 - Category 3 / 350 - 450ft / 3500 - 4500 tons
6 - Category 4 / 350 - 400ft / 3500 - 4500 tons
7 - Category 4 / 400 - 500ft / 4000 - 5000 tons
8 - Category 4 / 400 - 500ft / 4000 - 5000 tons
9 -  Category 4 / 450 - 550ft / 4500 - 5500 tons
10 - Category 4 / 450 - 550ft / 4500 - 5500 tons
J - Category 5 / 500-600ft / 5000-6000 tons
Q - Category 5 / 600ft / 6000 tons
K - Daikaiju / > 600ft / > 6000 tons

Speed, Strength, and Armor start at 7 each. You may add a number of points equal to twice the Kaiju’s category, and may move points from one column to another on a 1-for-1 basis.

Card 6: Kaiju Name Type
The examples given are mostly Pacific Rim-related, but I feel like Pacific Rim had pretty good kaiju names and you won’t go wrong by following them. As in Card 5, the suit of the card drawn doesn’t matter.

A. Portmanteau (e.g., Ceramander)
2. Portmanteau (e.g., Ceramander)
3. Gods, Demons, Monsters (e.g., Raiju, Hundun)*
4. Gods, Demons, Monsters (e.g., Raiju, Hundun)*
5. Descriptive Compound Noun (e.g., Knifehead)
6. Verb with Negative Connotations Ending in -er (e.g., Tresspasser, Reckoner, etc)
7. Verb with Negative Connotations Ending in -er (e.g., Tresspasser, Reckoner, etc)
8. Archaic Insult (e.g., Slattern)
9. Horrible Pun (e.g., Scissure)
10. Ends in “-ra(s)” or “-(g/d)on/-an” (e.g., ‘Gojira”, “Gamera”, “Rodan”, “Megalon”)
J. Random Vaguely Negative Word (e.g., Hardship)
Q. Person Associated with Horror Films (e.g., Karloff)
K.  Portmanteau + Gods, Demons, Monsters (E.g., )

*For some Gods, Demons, and other Monster names, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_theological_demons,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Chaos_gods,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_legendary_creatures)

Example Kaiju:
Codename: Moloch
Category: 5
Height: 500 ft  
Weight: 4000 tons
Speed: 10
Strength: 15
Armor: 14
Attack behavior: Savage and unrestrained.
Toxicity: Medium
Powers: Extreme Regeneration, impenetrable carapace, powerful teeth, claws, and tail
Weaknesses: Precious Few
City Targeted: Santiago, Chile

Description: Moloch has two large horns on its head, and a heavy carapace on its back, covered in spikes. Its main forearms are quite long, indicating that it may be partially quadrupedal. It has a prominent lantern jaw, and rough, reptilian skin. Its hands and fingers are long, with sharp, wicked looking claws. Its tail is likewise covered in savage spikes, and can be used as a whip.

Moloch’s carapace is strong enough to deflect virtually all attacks against it, and even should its shell be pierced, or a weapon aimed at its softer underside, its incredible rate of regeneration will heal the wound within moments – even to the point of regrowing lost limbs. Even when decapitated, the kaiju’s second brain takes over, and given enough time (several hours), the first head will grow back.

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