Dammit Mother Nature: Giant Red Leech Swallows Worm Like A String Of Spaghetti

September 29, 2014

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This is a video from the BBC of an unclassified giant leech from Borneo swallowing a 78cm (~31-inch) blue worm like a string of spaghetti. *making phone call* Hello, honey? Cancel the Italian dinner reservations for tonight, I'm not doing pasta again for awhile.

The Giant Red Leech is one of the biggest in the world. The specimen captured on camera was around 30cm long but experts believe they could grow larger.


They have grown so big that they no longer simply suck blood but now actively hunt giant blue worms and suck them down like spaghetti. The worm it is eating is a whopping 78cm.

The new footage shows the leech detecting a worm's trail and following the scent like a sniffer dog.

When it encounters its prey it quickly latches on and moves its lips up and down the iridescent blue body.
"It was either searching for an end to grab, or was working out whether it was too big to eat" said documentary director Paul Williams.

"When it found an end it started to suck. It was incredible."

Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me. And by amaze me I mean make me sick to my stomach. I can't even count how many interventions I've tried to hold for her, but every time I do she shows up with booze and gets me drunk and then my friends and family turn the whole things around on me. Clearly she's smarter than she looks, and she looks like a talking willow tree, so she must be a f***ing genius.

Keep going for the disturbing video.

Thanks to Mychropht, who has never been more thankful to not be a worm in Borneo.

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