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Bizarre sea creature fished up by Texas angler

Posted on Thursday, 27 February, 2020 | Comment icon 9 comments

Not your average catch. Image Credit: Alyssa Ramirez
This unusual looking creature was recently caught in the waters off Port Isabel to the south of Corpus Christi.
Resembling a colorful cross between a slug and a hedgehog, this bizarre aquatic denizen ended up attracting a great deal of attention online after it was caught by visiting angler Alyssa Ramirez.

"When I didn't feel any bites I assumed the fish had taken my bait - squid - and I reeled in my line to rebait the hook," she said. "At first glance I thought I snagged some seaweed."

"Then I laughed because that was definitely not a fish, nor seaweed. It was like an oversized earthworm ready for combat."
Experts were quickly able to identify the creature as a bearded fireworm - a type of marine bristleworm that is typically found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

"It's very unusual for (fireworms to be) around here," said Dr. Paul Montagna. "I've never personally seen one in Texas waters before. You see them in coral reefs all the time, because they typically eat coral or small things that live on the corals."

In addition to its odd appearance, the bearded fireworm can also be quite dangerous because the long barbs on its back are extremely sharp and its sting can cause an intense burning sensation.

Suffice to say, this is one deep-sea critter that it's best to steer well clear of.

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Robotic Jew on 27 February, 2020, 13:25
Very cool. The ocean is amazing.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 on 27 February, 2020, 13:30
Its movement is mesmerizing. Very cool. It looks like what you see floating through the air when the Resonator is turned on. (From Beyond reference, lol.)
Comment icon #3 Posted by Susanc241 on 27 February, 2020, 13:35
Hope it was put back in the sea before it expired.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 27 February, 2020, 16:12
A big marine polychaete, some of them bites like hell !
Comment icon #5 Posted by Matt221 on 27 February, 2020, 17:43
pretty cool,like a short coloured ragworm which speaking from experience king ragworm nip like b*****y 
Comment icon #6 Posted by DreadLordAvatar on 27 February, 2020, 18:11
Good move camera guy, I didn’t know it could breath air.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Varelse on 28 February, 2020, 1:25
From here. Not so uncommon. These guys could be inspirations for Cthulhu.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DieChecker on 28 February, 2020, 7:31
I thought it looked like a bristle worm, but I had no idea they got this big.
Comment icon #9 Posted by kapow53 on 1 March, 2020, 0:26
Anytime you encounter a striped brightly colored sea creature with or without spines leave it alone.

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