There are many creatures below the sea that could serve as inspiration for horror films, and many already have. However, one creepy sea worm attacks its victims in such a savage and predatory way that many are comparing these sand strikers to the monsters in the 1990 cult classic Tremors.
In an episode of Smithsonian Channel’s “Crazy Monster: Diggers” series, a terrifying worm that snatches fish from the ocean floor was highlighted. Sand strikers, also known as bobbit worms, are ambush predators that bury their long bodies in the ocean bed and wait to attack their latest meal.
These sea worms, which can grow to sizes of nearly 10 ft in length, don’t have eyes or a brain and react solely on one of their five antennae to sense prey. Adding to these creatures’ nightmarish qualities, sand strikers are equipped with multiple mouth-parts and bone-hard grappling hooks to puncture and immobilize victims.
While waiting to attack, these sand strikers are barely noticeable on the ocean floor. However, once one senses prey, these ambush predators terrifyingly lunge and drag their unsuspecting victim into the ocean bed. Sand strikers are known to attack at such speeds that sometimes the prey is sliced in half upon onslaught.
The video shows the vast array of the prey sand strikers feed upon, anything on the ocean floor is a potential meal. Even creatures with spikes and venom can easily fall victim to these ambush predators.
Sand strikers can consume and digest victims much larger than they are. These worms inject a toxin into their prey, which stuns or kills it, making size not an issue when hunting.
Similar to the monster in Tremors or the chestbursters from the Alien films, sand strikers look like something straight out of a horror film and no ocean bed creature is safe from their feeding.