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  • - [Narrator] It was a trial that captivated a nation.

  • - [Male News Anchor] Lorena Bobbitt.

  • - [Female News Anchor] Lorena Bobbitt.

  • - [Male News Anchor] Lorena Bobbitt.

  • - Took a knife.

  • - [News Announcer] Cut off her husband's penis.

  • - [Narrator] But what does Lorena Bobbitt

  • have to do with this thing?

  • (bubbling)

  • (gentle music)

  • Let's take a step back.

  • This is the Bobbit worm.

  • It's a species of Eunice, Euna--

  • - [Man] Eunice.

  • - [Narrator] Thanks, Terry.

  • - [Terry] You're most welcome.

  • - [Narrator] That's Dr. Terry Gosliner.

  • - [Terry] T-E-R-R-Y, G-O-S--

  • - [Man] He's a senior curator at

  • the California Academy of Sciences.

  • - [Terry] And I do research on coral reefs

  • around the world.

  • - [Narrator] He's the one who gave the Bobbit worm

  • its name.

  • They go way back.

  • - [Terry] In 1992, I went to the Philippines,

  • and I saw my first Bobbit worm.

  • To actually see it in action was really

  • one of the most amazing things I've seen.

  • (lively music)

  • - [Narrator] This thing has nope, nope, nope

  • written all over it.

  • - [Terry] I'm sorry, what?

  • - [Narrator] From it's spiked glowing exoskeleton.

  • - [Terry] And the body is very iridescent, shiny.

  • - [Narrator] To its spring-loaded jaws.

  • - [Terry] They just spring shut, like a bear trap.

  • - [Narrator] And its unique predatory style.

  • - [Terry] When it sees a fish, it pops more and more

  • out of the water, and then grabs the fish

  • and takes it back into the sand.

  • (people gasp)

  • - [Woman] What?

  • - [Narrator] Anyway, after years of research

  • in the Indo-Pacific, Dr. Gosliner published this book.

  • - [Terry] Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific.

  • - [Narrator] When it came time to name the worm,

  • Dr. Gosliner found an unlikely source of inspiration.

  • - [Terry] There was this guy named John Wayne Bobbitt,

  • who had cheated on his wife, and while he was sleeping

  • one night, she cut off his penis and threw it

  • in a field nearby.

  • - [Narrator] Wait, what?

  • And the worm?

  • - [Terry] Basically the ability to use his massive jaws

  • to cut the spinal cord of a fish was something that

  • reminded me of what Lorena Bobbitt did to her husband.

  • - [Narrator] So there you have it.

  • Something else to keep you up at night.

  • - [Terry] I've never had nightmares about it.

  • - [Narrator] Yeah, whatever, Dr. Terry.

- [Narrator] It was a trial that captivated a nation.

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Beware the Bobbit Worm!

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    許大善   に公開 2019 年 10 月 15 日
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