Bobbit Worms Are Pure Nope, So Why Would You Want To Catch One? I Have No Idea.

Bobbit worms are one of the biggest nopes of the ocean. The large worms dig themselves burrows on the ocean floor and then wait for prey to swim by. When they sense something good to eat is near, they strike lightning fast with sharp teeth and deadly venom. While humans are rarely their prey, the occasional bobbit worm bite has been reported.

That being said, there are some out there who make a hobby out of catching the creepy-crawlies. In the video below, YouTuber Trapula shows how he catches bobbit worms using a device very similar to a mouse trap. It’s a little on the long side, but stick with it. The payoff is well worth it.

According to Trapula, he catches bobbit worms to use as bait to catch bigger fish. In the video description he says, “I’m catching bobbit worms for my fishing needs and that’s the only reason I catch them…fish just can’t resist them.”

I would never try to pull one of those things out of the ocean floor.

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The Green Tree Frog Might Look Small, But It’s Decidedly Badass

The Australian green tree frog is one of the most common frog species in their homeland. For humans, they make great pets and can be an ideal form of pest control if they live near your home. But while they might look harmless, that changes if you’re…say, an innocent snake or giant spider just trying to get on with your life.

Then, these frogs turn into deadly, effective predators…

Green tree frogs are most easily identified by their bright green coloring. For anyone who’s familiar with the frog in their native Australia, they’re equal parts pest and pest controller.

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They can be found in urban areas, forests and woodlands, and wetlands. Out in the suburbs, they have a nasty habit of making a home for themselves near shower blocks and water tanks.

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For example, Redditor ElfBingley had a problem flushing their toilet about a year ago. When they went to check the tank, they found these buggers inside. Talk about an infestation.

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Still though, just because they’re frogs doesn’t mean they don’t occasionally put on a display of unusual badassery. Take this tree frog…he’s going toe to toe with a rather large snake.

Not only do tree frogs hunt snakes, they’ve also been known to occasionally take up residence outside of caves and catch bats to eat. Yikes!

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Aside from snakes and bats, tree frog diets also include mice and giant spiders.

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(via Australian Museum)

When it all comes down to it, personally, I’d much rather have a frog infestation than a snake problem on my property.

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This 1868 Discovery On The Banks Of The Mississippi Still Mystifies People

Thanks to modern science, we have a pretty good understanding of the history of Earth. However, there is a subset of conspiracy theorists that believe giant humanoids once lived here too. While the evidence to support this theory is pretty lacking, there are a couple of glaring exceptions. Take this one particular story that made headlines back in 1868 — a ginormous skeleton was found along the banks of the Mississippi in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.

The discovery of the giant bones was made by a group of workers with the Sauk Rapids Water Power Company.

At the time, the workers were quarrying for rock to build a new dam nearby when they found the bones. The burial site they found the bones in is estimated to have been 12 feet long, four feet wide, and three feet deep. The actual grave itself was found about two feet below the surface of the river.

News of the workers’ discovery spread quickly. The following headline ran in the newspaper the next day.

The skeleton measured just over ten feet tall. Those who took the measurements estimated that the giant must have weighed at least 900 pounds.

However, within days of their discovery, the massive bones were gone.

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There are a number of conflicting reports from the time about just how the bones disappeared, or if there really were any bones to begin with.

One story says that a gentleman traveling back east took the bones with him to Boston, but the remains never resurfaced.

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So was it all a hoax, or were there real giant bones found in Sauk Rapids?

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More than 150 years later, the residents of Sauk Rapids still occasionally discuss the mystery of the giant skeleton. Many now think it was actually a hoax, but there are still some true believers out there…

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If You’re Headed To Lake Tahoe This Summer, Watch Out For The Plague

For those on the West Coast, no place is more magical for a vacation in nature than Lake Tahoe. However, if you’re planning a visit for your summer vacation, you might want to think twice…or at least consult your doctor first. That’s because researchers recently discovered the presence of bubonic plague nearby.

During routine testing of the rodent population near Lake Tahoe, a flea pulled from a yellow-pine chipmunk tested positive for the presence of bubonic plague.

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While this took place in May, the results were only recently confirmed by state officials. However, further testing has been scheduled to determine exactly how this chipmunk came to carry the plague.

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Bubonic plague is a deadly bacterial infection spread by chipmunks, squirrels, and other rodents. It’s possible for humans to contract the disease when they’re bitten by bugs that have come into contact with infected rodents.

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Symptoms include fever, nausea, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes. These signs usually show up within two weeks of initial contact and can turn deadly if not treated swiftly with antibiotics.

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This doesn’t mean you need to cancel your trip to Lake Tahoe this summer, but it does mean you should stay up to date. Risking the plague for a nice vacation just isn’t worth it.

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(via CBS)

I think I’ll just stick to city life this summer. Nature is honestly too scary.

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What These Ants Do To Defend Their Colonies Is Actually Pretty Freaky

When you think of an ant that can spray corrosive acid out of its butt while trying to protect its colony from predators, do you automatically assume that it lives in Australia?

Even though this train of thought is accurate (since we all know that the world’s creepiest critters tend to thrive Down Under), this bizarre ant species doesn’t call Australia home.

Wood ants hail from Europe and parts of North America. If you happen to share your neighborhood with these fearsome bugs, stay away. They’ll go to bizarre lengths to protect their homes.

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I guess ants are better than snakes and spiders. But then again, snakes and spiders don’t typically spray acid at me when I get too close.

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You’re About To Watch The Strangest Baby Animal Video Ever…And It’s Oddly Cute

There is no faster cure for a bad day than looking at videos of baby animals — or better yet, videos of baby animals playing with more baby animals. They get me every time. The other day, however, I came across this video and I’m not sure how exactly I should feel.

On one hand, I will admit that baby tarantulas are surprisingly cute, but on the other hand, they’re tarantulas…so, you know.

Bring a little of that confusion into your life by checking out the video below.

Personally, I think I’ll vote for cuteness on this one. Sure, they’ll grow up to be terrifying spiders, but right now, they’re cute little squishy things. I’m sure that phase won’t last very long, so let’s just enjoy it for now.

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This Car Dealership Is A Nightmare…Imagine Trying To Clean The Lot Afterward

What’s your worst nightmare? For me, my second biggest fear is a huge cloud of swirling insects wreaking havoc on my puny existence (and in case you’re wondering, my ultimate nightmare is deep water…any deep water). Usually, my nightmares have a habit of not actually coming true, despite the fact that I worry about them so much. However, I just discovered that my creepy runner up just reared its head in the Canadian town of Atholville.

I present to you exhibit A. This is a GM Pontiac dealership that is being absolutely SWARMED by an army of bugs. No word on exactly which kind of bugs, but at this point, does it really matter?

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This is a preview of how the world will end, and I’m not here for it.

Here’s one of the buggers up close. It doesn’t look too menacing on its own, I suppose.

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This is the aftermath of the swarm. Imagine being the new guy who gets tasked with cleaning up the lot?

Here’s a little video. It looks like humanity has won this round, but the next one? That remains to be seen.

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Damn nature, why do you have to be so terrifying all the time? Why can’t you just be beautiful and wondrous?

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This Monster Of The Deep Was Just Caught Off The Coast Of Japan

If you ever find yourself stranded in the middle of the ocean, there are plenty of deadly creatures that you should be afraid of…namely sharks.

While some species may leave you alone, there are plenty of rare shark varieties that will not hesitate to kill and eat you because human flesh is delicious.

One of those species is the elusive megamouth shark. Lucky for us, one was caught off the coast of Japan earlier this month!

Megamouth sharks have only been known to science since the mid-1970s when one became entangled in the anchor of a navy warship near Hawaii. Since then, researchers report that there have only been 60 confirmed sightings.

The most recent sighting came when one was captured by a group of Japanese fishermen earlier this month. The men, who were casting their nets at Mie Prefecture, a few miles away from the Owase Port, managed to reel in the massive 16-foot, one-ton shark.

The megamouth shark gets its name from its giant mouth, which can open up to four feet wide. Typically, they hunt by cruising the depths of the ocean with their mouths open, filtering plankton, jellyfish, and other sea creatures from the water.

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Male megamouths can grow up to 13 feet in length while females can get up to 16 feet and weigh more than 2,600 pounds. They’re most often found in the waters near Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

So what happened to this megamouth? According to Japanese news outlets, this catch was sold to a fish merchant.

(via Mysterious Universe)

As if I needed another reason to avoid the ocean forever and ever. I do wonder what megamouth shark tastes like, though…

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