Wednesday 25 April 2018

Yes, the Bobbit worm is named after THAT Bobbit - 5 things we learned from #BluePlanet2

The Bobbit worm is named after THAT Bobbit. PIC: BBC
The Bobbit worm is named after THAT Bobbit. PIC: BBC
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Blue Planet 2's third episode was a thing of spectacular beauty, but also the stuff of nightmares.

Delving into the world's coral reefs the hit BBC show, narrated by David Attenborough, brought us terrifying foot long carnivorous worms, sharks, and, most horrifying of all, plastic which is invading the dying reefs thanks to humans and our ignorant ways.

It wasn't alll doom and gloom, however.  Before Attenborough told us off for putting the fate of the earth under threat, we got to meet the clown fish working together, the octopus and grouper fish and their bromance, and the turkfish using his tools.

Here's what we learned.

 

Yes, the Bobbit worm is called after Lorena Bobbitt

In 1993 Lorena Bobbitt cut off her husband John's penis with a knife.  It was later reattached.  The Bobbit worm has razor sharp spring loaded jaws to catch their prey.

Stuff of nightmares.

 

Teamwork is big on the reefs

We could learn a thing or two from these guys.

 

Corals are breathtaking and we're killing them

 

Our mindless use of plastic has a horrifying impact

 

David Attenborough may be God

Blue Planet 2 continues on BBC One on Sunday nights.

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