NEWQUAY, UK – A monstrous sea worm was captured by aquarium staff after terrorizing other marine life in its tank.
Workers at Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium had no idea the 4-foot long creature was even living in the tank, where it had apparently grown up in secret. Fish were being harmed and the interior of the tank was damaged, but their was no obvious culprit.
Staff placed bait traps out, which the worm would devour overnight, hook and all. Matt Slater, curator of the aquarium, explained, “That worm must have obliterated the traps. The bait was full of hooks which he must have just digested.”
Eventually, they spotted the worm and and removed it from the tank, during which the worm’s jaws bit through a 20-pound fishing line! The retrieval was further complicated due to it being covered in bristles that sting and can cause permanent numbness after contact.
It is believed the worm arrived as a baby hidden in a shipment from another aquarium. “Barry”, as it is now called, has been given its own tank to live in.