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    Cool woodenboat nightmare

    Now here's a fascinating shipworm that should give y'all copperbottomed nightmares.

    http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/...D=ansmsnnews11

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    Default Re: woodenboat nightmare

    Yuck.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Default Re: woodenboat nightmare

    the good news is that it doesnt eat wood.

    In a video from a study published in PNAS, researchers pull a thick, black slug-like animal about the size of an adult's arm out of its shell.
    Measuring up to 155 centimetres in length and six centimetres in diameter, this is the first time a living specimen has been studied.
    The giant shipworm, or Kuphus polythalamia, belongs to the common shipworm family that have tusk-like shells which they use to burrow in wood, ingesting and digesting wood particles.
    But unlike its shipworm cousins, the Kuphus' enormous size and unusual anatomy, and the fact that adult specimens are found burrowing head-down in mud, set it apart from other members of the family.
    Instead of feasting on wood, it turns to bacteria for nourishment, feasting on hydrogen sulphide, a type of sulphur gas found in organic-rich mud. It also smells like rotten eggs.
    The creatures don't really eat. Instead, they rely on beneficial bacteria that live in their gills that make food for them.
    Like tiny chefs, these bacteria use the hydrogen sulphide as energy to produce organic carbon that feeds the shipworm.

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    Default Re: woodenboat nightmare

    Some garlic and butter...

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    Default Re: woodenboat nightmare

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris. View Post
    the good news is that it doesnt eat wood.

    In a video from a study published in PNAS, researchers pull a thick, black slug-like animal about the size of an adult's arm out of its shell.
    Measuring up to 155 centimetres in length and six centimetres in diameter, this is the first time a living specimen has been studied.
    The giant shipworm, or Kuphus polythalamia, belongs to the common shipworm family that have tusk-like shells which they use to burrow in wood, ingesting and digesting wood particles.
    But unlike its shipworm cousins, the Kuphus' enormous size and unusual anatomy, and the fact that adult specimens are found burrowing head-down in mud, set it apart from other members of the family.
    Instead of feasting on wood, it turns to bacteria for nourishment, feasting on hydrogen sulphide, a type of sulphur gas found in organic-rich mud. It also smells like rotten eggs.
    The creatures don't really eat. Instead, they rely on beneficial bacteria that live in their gills that make food for them.
    Like tiny chefs, these bacteria use the hydrogen sulphide as energy to produce organic carbon that feeds the shipworm.
    They may not eat wood but they will burrow in to build a home!
    '' You ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know. ''
    Grateful Dead

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    Default Re: woodenboat nightmare

    Worms are easy to deal with, wives on the other hand...........

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