Jun 12, 2008

Dune. Arakis. Desert Planet. Fish Bait.

You're looking at what must have been Frank Herbert's inspiration behind Dune.

Behold the Atlantic sandworm (Eulalia viridis). This creature is commonly found burrowing in the mud at low tide along the New England coastline. Herbie, the photographer and Mighty Worm Hunter (Paul Atreides would be so proud), has found specimens as large as 10". He says they make for good fish bait. And Herbie knows his fishing (that's a hint at "stay tuned for more...").

Check out those pincers (which aren't even fully extended) and think twice the next time you take off your sandals to enjoy a barefoot stroll down the shores of Cape Cod or Rhode Island.

Thanks for the photos, Herbie.



13 comments:

Cindy said...

Congratulations! After so many interesting, unusual, and yes, even cute pictures, you have finally found something truly ugly. (Is that guy in the bottom photo smiling?)

Elizabeth said...

the puffed-out eyes and the squished in mouth are so very creepy. and its crazy little arm-nubs...oh man.

Wendy said...

Uck... I'm not sure I'd wanna eat something that ate those... It'd have to be mighty fine fish, indeed.

BillyWitchDoctor said...

Also the stars of Squirm, which unfortunately gave 'em vocal chords and depicted 'em as piranha-like flesh-eaters. (Download the MST3K version.)

SSDD said...

Especially in that last pic, this thing looks like what I'd imagine a p*nis would look like in a Troma or post-nuclear war zombie movie. Suhdder enducing.....

Yvonne Navarro said...

See, now I think it's kind of cute, in a squishy, gooey, goofy-looking sort of way. Well, except for those rather *metallic*-looking pincers... Those are just wicked.

Peter ├śrskov said...

It looks so happy on the last picture.

kyrraven said...

Oooh! A polychaete worm! I got some up close and personal time with one of these and a dissecting scope once... they'd make some really sweet Sea Monster designs, just by increasing their size.

Simone F. said...

Just...Wow!
I didn´t know about those....
And Eulalia...this sounds quite like the name of some eldery lady
Keep em coming, Herbie!

Kung Foodie said...

We call that one Muad'Dib.

Leah said...

reminds me of a taxxon, if anyone has ever read the andalite chronicles, or the animorphs series. totally mini-taxxon. its even worse that you can see his little face. Ew!

ben said...

It reminded me of the babelfish form Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

Anonymous said...

That is so cute! <3