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Nemo! Don't You Go Near That....Butt?

Updated on February 22, 2012
Pigbutt Worm
Pigbutt Worm | Source

Yes, you've read correctly. If you've seen the movie "Finding Nemo," you will remember the scene where Nemo is swimming out into the ocean and his friends are egging him on to touch the "butt." What they really mean is a boat, but is there such a thing as a "butt" in the ocean?

The Pigbutt Worm - AKA: The Flying Buttocks

Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have discovered a new type of a worm; The Pigbutt Worm. Because of it's shape, about the size of a hazelnut and resembling a flying rear end, they have kindly given a nickname to this worm known as the flying buttocks. Where did Pigbutt come from you may ask? It comes from the Latin name for the species of the worm meaning "resembling a pigs rear."

Where Do They Live?

Pigbutt Worms live in the ocean, around 3,000-4,000 feet deep. That is where scientists have found them, and also observed them floating around. The scientists believe that they reside in this area of the ocean because of the food particles that they eat.

Pigbutt Worm
Pigbutt Worm | Source

What Do They Look Like?

Pigbutt worms have a segmented body, just like other worms. The only difference between other worms and the flying rear end is that on the pigbutt worm, the middle segments are very highly inflated, giving this worm it's hard-to-forget shape. One thing you must remember is that you may not use this worm to go trout fishing with! The Pigbutt Worms that they scientists have found were unable to be identified as to whether they were adults or not, although their large shape makes scientists think they were in fact adults.

So, the next time that you and your friends are searching for a topic to chat about, bring up the Pigbutt Worm. I guarantee you that they've never heard of it, and will be eager to hear what you have to say about it!


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    • Outbound Dan profile image

      Dan Human 5 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Mmmm, Pigbutt Worm - my next great dinner conversation. Pretty Cool!

    • Cat R profile image

      Cat R 5 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      My Oldest will have fun with this!