Scientists Discover Giant Shipworm

By Icar A. Ballesteros, | April 20, 2017

The giant shipworm is a mud-dwelling animal and is believed to have been in existence since the 18th century.  (YouTube)

The giant shipworm is a mud-dwelling animal and is believed to have been in existence since the 18th century. (YouTube)

Scientiststs have discovered a giant shipworm. This is the first time that scientists have studied this animal in the flesh.

The giant shipworm is a mud-dwelling animal and is believed to have been in existence since the 18th century. It lives in a long shell and consumes chemicals from a muddy lagoon. The shell casing of this animal is three to five feet long according to Gizmodo.

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This is the first time in many years that scientists have found a living creature inside this shell casing. The scientists who worked on the expedition to find the giant shipworm were inspired by a Philippine documentary about the animal which has been planted into a muddy lagoon.

They were then able to find specimens on the giant shipworm in the muddy lagoon in the Philippines. They found out how these giant shipworms live and eat in the muddy lagoon. The scientists discovered that the shells of these animal cover their mouth.

Additionally, the giant shipworm also feeds of noxious gasses that come from mud. They also feed on bacteria for nourishment.

Meanwhile, the giant shipworm has been described as a unicorn of mollusks. It does not have a digestive system and is the reason why it does not feed normally. The scientists also found a sulfur-packed bacteria in the body of the giant shipworm, The Washington Post reported.

There are indeed more creatures that need to be discovered on Earth. This giant shipworm is a unique discovery.


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