Anyone who has a (very rational) fear of unknown creatures lurking in the depths of the ocean had their worst nightmares realised on last night’s episode of Blue Planet II.
David Attenborough introduced us all to a nightmarish creature known as the bobbit, a metre-long worm with jaws as sharp as daggers – and we’re not likely to forget about it any time soon.
The worm, which hunts its prey by creeping along the sea floor, can split a fish in two with ease using its terrifying mouth – and that’s the best of two outcomes. Any of its victims who are unfortunate enough to survive it’s initial attack are then pulled into its crevice – where we can only imagine unspeakable horrors occur.
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Many horrified viewers took to Twitter to share their dismay:
— Gary Burton (@TheOfficalGB) November 12, 2017
— Mark Rosser (@rosserm11) November 12, 2017
"A giant carnivorous worm with jaws as sharp as daggers" Am I in Westminster or watching Blue Planet 2 ?
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 12, 2017
That bobbit worm is like something out of Stranger Things. #blueplanet
— Emma Jones (@MakeandFable) November 12, 2017
— Sophie Walker (@SophieRunning) November 12, 2017
Ughhhhh, bobbits are so awful. Imagine being on the planet for 400 million years and still being a disgusting worm #BLUEPLANET
— goody badwife (@odhreo) November 12, 2017
— Helena (@HelenaHellie) November 12, 2017
the worm in blue planet II is definitely from the upside down
— nanabanana (@nncyfrdn) November 12, 2017
This worm is legit creepy af. Like horror movie #BluePlanet
— Nicholas Best (@nbest92) November 12, 2017
— Lucy (@LucyJaneWood) November 12, 2017
— G ♡♡♡ (@grainneslatz) November 12, 2017
— Madeleine Horst (@captainmaddiech) November 12, 2017
Some viewers are ruling out swimming altogether as a result:
The Bobbit Worm on Blue Planet II was shit scary. Like something out of a horror movie. That's exactly why I can't swim. Not risking it like
— Jamie Fitton (@JamboFitz) November 12, 2017
never going in the sea again after seeing that metre long vampire worm on blue planet
— elena (@elenasthompson) November 12, 2017
Metre-long carnivorous worm. Never go in the sea. #BluePlanet
— David Reeks #FBPE (@ImpGardener) November 12, 2017
Metre long giant carnivorous worm under the sea – I'm never swimming in the sea again! Tremors was real! #blueplanet
— Ant Jarman (@AntJarman) November 12, 2017
That’s why I’m not keen on swimming in the sea…a meter long worm with daggers for teeth. No thanks. #BluePlanet
— Michael Mathieson (@Mike80Math) November 12, 2017
That bobbit worm is the exact reason why I will NEVER EVER dive #BluePlanet
I may never swim again after this!
— Natalia Jackson (@ajnatalia) November 12, 2017
To make matters worse – a Wired article from a few years back has given us further terrifying insight into the creature.
Apparently these worms have appeared sporadically in aquariums (!), much closer to home than the depths of big blue.
“When folks introduce live rocks — which are actually skeletons of dead coral — into their saltwater aquariums, a teeny-tiny bobbit worm can come along for the ride,” Wired’s Matt Simon writes, “but they don’t stay small for long.” Mother of god.