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look what i found crawling around the coral rocks...

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by sea_dragon, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. sea_dragon

    sea_dragon Nassau Grouper

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    i believe it is a bearded fireworm.... can someone give me a positive ID on this creature,...[​IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    If you want a positive ID, touch it!

    I think it looks like what you said. Leslie knows for sure, although fireworms may be beneath her.:wink:
     
  3. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    It's definitely a Bristle Worm AKA Bearded Fireworm. IMO, the most dangerous creature in the ocean and the one I fear the most. Don't touch it, even in jest.
     
  4. sea_dragon

    sea_dragon Nassau Grouper

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    no thanks...lol it looked dangerious i caught it took it home yesterday and then released it today...while reading about what it could be glad i used a net.... don't need hand of fire...:confined: :doctor:
     
  5. sea_dragon

    sea_dragon Nassau Grouper

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    thanks walter... i was using instinct when i caught it... so touching it was not an option... i had to take home and get a better look at it... then released it the next day...
     
  6. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    My professor knows a fellow that stuck one under his nose, so he'd have a "mustache". That must have been quite a sight.
     
  7. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    It's worse than a mere burn. The burn is bad, but not as bad as a Man-O-War, for example. The mark will stay for several months, if memory serves, about 6 - 8 months. OTOH, the allergic reaction could possibly kill you.
     
  8. S. starfish

    S. starfish Instructor, Scuba

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    So I'm a bit ignorant here - What exactly happens when you use one of these guys as a mustache (or when you touch 'em anyway)?
     
  9. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    Actually, it is possible, although highly unlikely, to pick one up without adverse consequences. Around 85 or 86, a young lady showed one to me that she was holding in her bare palm. I don't know how she picked it up without getting stung, but she did.
     
  10. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    They sting you, similar to Fire Coral, but about 5 times as intense. The bad part is the pain in the center of the chest and the difficulty in breathing that follows 5 - 10 minutes later.
     

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