Strangest Invertebrate Ever

Submitted by: funface 8 years ago in Science
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pokerchampdaniel/3136421527/

Please enjoy the final WTF of 2008. What a way to go out.
There are 80 comments:
Male 172
yeah lol, what the hell is this thing? I don`t know lets hold it and piss it off by poking at it.
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Male 60
DUDE! I once found one of these at a beach when I was 10, I thought it was just a worm at first but then it did that toungue thing, it was cool!
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Male 40
If you don`t know what it is, WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU POKE IT??? Oh well.... I would poke it too- that`s why I`ve been to the hospital so many times.
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Male 332
And what a coincidence its in Australia., along with the other hell spawned creatures of death.
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Male 1,204
lol... hey guys, maybe it ISN"T harmless

but personally, i`d just shoot it on sight.

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Male 2,788
Alien invaders can come in many different shapes..
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Female 170
Yeah see I bet its thinking "you piss me off by poking me, I`ll live in your hand"

>.< NAASTYYY!! Looked like a leech until it like, exploded.

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Male 451
i don`t think i would let that thing crawl around on my hand. but i would definetly poke at it for a while
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Male 102
Just more proof that you should use a tissue before sneezing.
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Male 20
Yeah, that guy will think it`s pretty awesome till it burrows into his skin and lays eggs in his brain.
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Female 710
That`s soooo cool!
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Male 117
@flyingpie:
yay, it deserved it...

(that`s been a comment to a comment about a comment to your comment...)

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Male 468
yay someone commented on my comment
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Male 117
speed point to flyingpie...
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Male 117
yes, it is a little poisonous, it does it for quick escape when in danger, and what we see ejected is its "snout"/proboscis (rolled up in the body, usually longer than the body and serves also partly as its guts).

And now imagine: a species of this kind with a length of 30 meters. no kidding. seriously. they`ve found these. (but living in the sea...)

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Male 468
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Male 5,194
So what? It`s just a OMG! WTF?!
(retreats shakily from computer)
(pours himself a double)
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Female 2,220
Watching it I just thought, "How stupid, it`s obviously some kind of a leech which lives in damp places insted of wet onesAAARGH WTF??!?!?!!?!"
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Male 1,086
eh, does it have a purpose?
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Male 73
Wow, thats really cool. It shoots its inside to pull foward its outsides! Also, I could be very wrong, but doesn`t its oddly bright, saturated red colour mean it carries a poision of some kind? Similar to the colors on poisonous frogs.
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Female 1,653
wtf of the day.
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Male 1,468
"transformer, more than meets the eye."

More like..
Transformers, JESUS F*CKING CHRIST WHAT IN GOD`S NAME IS THAT?!?!

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Male 107
Umm this something dirty on this site and its not his hands *stares at pick me*
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Male 11,739
Wow that was strange.
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Female 668
what dirty dirty hands that man has...
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Male 544
still cant beat the peniname!
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Male 455
Boot-lace worms...they`re cool stuff. The proboscis is a mode of locomotion as well as a bad-ass method of feeding.
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Female 81
wow that`s pretty cool..and gross at the same time.
I`m assuming it`s some sort of defense mechanism.
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Female 102
I thought it was cute.
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Female 627
GROSS
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Male 10,440
I thought he squished it and it exploded for a sec there.
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Female 665
I still think it has a massive boner. Then again, an erection won`t just go back down and up again like that thing did. Hmmm. Magic mystery boner.
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Female 175
o.O ew? I hate slimy things... was that it`s tongue or what was it?
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Male 1,837
transformer, more than meets the eye.
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Female 354
First I thought it was a slug till he poked it and it went all crazy
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Female 779
Awe what a cute worm.... >.> .... <.< ... O.o
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Male 533
When he poked it i was like austin powers from Goldmember, you know when he saw the kid with the mole

I was all "WOAH!!"

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Female 140
aw darn i just submitted this this morning.
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Male 608
i wouldnt touch it
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Male 3,301
poo, I think they found a new species.
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Male 391
what a strange invertebrate
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Male 610
wtf is with his fingers? they looked like they were rotting or something
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Female 217
I think that`s a blood worm. I feed them to my betta fish, though only the freeze-dried variety as the live ones cost a fortune and a half...
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Female 237
That is really gross!! It looks like a leech or something. Eww.
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Female 385
ARG! Stop saying "last of 2008" for everything!! i thought TODAY was new years eve cause of you idiots!
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Male 506
Some kind of nematode perhaps. I`m not really sure.
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Male 2,506
his finger nails are nastyyyyyyy
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Female 32
"my first thought was that I wouldn`t want to put it on my hand ... if it`s from Australia it could be poisonous"

I also thought it could be poisonous too, not necessarily b/c it`s Australian, but because of its bright orange color.

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Male 2,788
pick_me,


how do you do that font when you reply to someone`s comment?

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Male 2,788
thats its penis. they get aroused when you touch their ass so their penis gets larger ;)

HAHAHAHA!

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Female 69
way too easy
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Female 67
I am reminded of Dune
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Male 544
hmm reminds me of this
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Female 924
I read the caption under the video "found under logs in New South Wales, Australia" and my first thought was that I wouldn`t want to put it on my hand ... if it`s from Australia it could be poisonous.
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Male 544
[quote] thats its penis. they get aroused when you touch their ass so their penis gets larger ;) [/quote]
wtf??
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Female 1,063
I`d be afraid that little sucker would bore into my hand, lmao. No way in hell would I touch that thing, wow! It is very interesting though.
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Male 15
I`m a grown man, so it pains me to say this:

If I found something like that, the first time it `vomited up` its innards like that, I`d squeal like a little kid, stomp it, and run away.

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Male 219
weeeiiird!!
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Female 688
diepspolice, you make me sick.
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Male 2,855
that finger was not invertebrate
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Male 301
so videogamer, that would be like an inverted version of spiderman? hmmmm, colon man? or twice-eaten-meal-slingshot man? or maybe frog man, except your tongue and everything else with sling out of your mouth....
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Male 2,388
pretty cool. Ive never seen a worm move so quickly. I assume its an escape mechanism.
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Male 553
if im not mistaken thats a hand
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Male 493
@videogamer:

Actually, it looks more like if you shot your entire body out of your mouth leaving only your skin behind, and then pulled your skin back on over your body.

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Male 722
I came.
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Male 562
thanks for the visual, videogamer >>
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Male 2,121
"So he`s in some scary Australian forest, picks up a bright and slimy creatures and puts it on his hand, and proceeds to poke it!?

WHO THE HELL DOES THAT!? It`s AUSTRALIA for Christ`s sake! "

That was exactly what I was thinking

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Male 3,014
So it basically expels its entire digestive system from its body and uses it as a grappling hook?

For a human, the equivalent would be detatching your colon from your rectum, vomiting out your entire digestive tract at 150 MPH, having the end stick to something, and then eating all your innards until you reach your destination.

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Male 3,058
It looks like a bloodworm. They can be nasty little buggers, (no pun intended) as they will not hesitate to bite anything they perceive as a threat or food. I think Mike Rowe did an episode of Dirty Jobs that talked about these.
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Male 221
well if i lived in australia id just consider myself doomed and stop caring.
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Male 1,468
I`ve always wanted a grappling hook that comes out my mouth. . .
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Female 15,763
So he`s in some scary Australian forest, picks up a bright and slimy creatures and puts it on his hand, and proceeds to poke it!?

WHO THE HELL DOES THAT!? It`s AUSTRALIA for Christ`s sake!

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Female 263
yeah i was thinking it looked like something that culd burrow inside your skin. gross.
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Female 84
EW thats disgusting! im with red5, what if it crawled under your skin!? looks like something straight from a horror movie.
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Male 184
It was quite an odd little creature.
By the way, his hands looked disgusting!
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Male 191
yaaaah dan thats just nasty fascinating but nasty lol
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Female 49
That`s a bit odd, but there have been stranger WTFs in 2008.
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Male 1,556
He really shold be more careful, I can`t remember the name but I saw a documentary on these things and they eject their body from that "shell" and burrow inside of you.

The one guy had one crawling in his skin.

He called them angel crawlers.

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Male 882
really. come on. i`ve seen stranger.
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Male 42
Link: Strangest Invertebrate Ever [Rate Link] - Please enjoy the final WTF of 2008. What a way to go out.
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