As far as worms and other invertebrates go, maintaining distance between them and your good self is always the first thing on any (right-thinking) person’s mind. That is, when you run across these creepy crawlies as you are rushing through your daily chores. However, when it comes to Dave, the equation changes. No, he is not beautiful by any standard of the term, nor is he (the sex is unknown, far as we can tell, but we are going with boy as will be made clear down the line), and he is definitely not what you would bring into your every day conversation. However, his whopping size makes him stand out, and how! He is as large as a small snake! In fact, the worm-on-steroids, as some are keen to brand him, is twice the size (in terms of weight) of a normal earthworm.
Found in a vegetable patch in Widnes, UK, Dave is a giant earthworm. They are supposed to be big, but not mammoth! In fact, he is the biggest one ever found in the UK at 15.7 inches and weighed-in at as much as 26 grammes! Needless to say, Dave has ‘wormed’ his way into the record books and last heard, he was going viral on the Net, making the imagination boggle. The worm, Dave if you please, was found by one Paul Rees and was so-named by his stepson George.
Sad to say, Dave is no longer with us, having passed away in circumstances and from causes unknown, but his body is preserved for posterity at the Natural History Museum, where, reportedly, he ‘bowled over’ the experts.
To really put things in perspective, BBC took it upon itself to make the whole wriggly issue easy to digest by bringing in the money angle. Taking a new 5 pound note, and mercifully placing a scale at the bottom, the resulting image makes things really crystal clear. Check it out.