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Bobbit Worm Pictures Showing This Fierce Underwater Predator That Can Grow to Nine Feet Long

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The Bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, is a ferocious underwater predatory polychaete worm that lives on the ocean floor at depths between 30 and 120 feet. Also known as the Eunice worm, it buries its long body into the sandy or gravel ocean bed and waits for prey using its five antennae that have light and chemical receptors to detect passing fish.

It has a pair of mandibles and four to six pairs of maxillae and uses sharp teeth to ambush prey, attacking with such high speed that sometimes the prey is sliced in half. Although some members of the Euniciae family are found worldwide, the Bobbit worm is found only in the Indo-Pacific.

They are broadcast spawners, with the males and females releasing their eggs and sperm into the water where they fertilize and develop. Bobbit worms can reach nine feet long, although three feet is more typical.

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Picture of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, crawling out of its sandy lair hunting fish in Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean.

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Photo of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, feeds in sandy bay, Anilou, Balayan Bay, Philippines, South China Sea, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean

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Stock Photo of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, feeds in sandy bay, Anilou beach, Balayan Bay, Philippines, South China Sea, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, feeds in sandy bay, Anilou beach, Balayan Bay, Philippines, South China Sea, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean

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Stock Photo of a bobbit worm, Eunice aphroditois, feeds in sandy bay, Anilou beach, Balayan Bay, Philippines, South China Sea, Pacific Ocean

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