A five-foot long worm found in Philippines

A five-foot long worm has been discovered in the Philippines.

A five-foot long worm found in Philippines

A five-foot long worm has been discovered.

The rare species, called giant shipworm, reaching almost two metres in length and six centimetres in diameter has been found in the Philippines.

The creature has been known about for many years but they have only recently been located in South East Asia, as the animal lives its entire life encased inside a shell deep in the ground.

Speaking of the discovery, which has been detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the Unites States of America (PNAS), and has also been reported on BBC News, Doctor Daniel Distel said: "The strange shells have been found for centuries, because they are very sturdy and they last a long time.

"But we've never known where to find them."

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