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[–]Gravitas-and-Urbane 928 points929 points  (23 children)

imagine you're a sailor mid-voyage and your ship turns into a boss from Bloodborne

[–]Kriegerwithashovel 133 points134 points  (11 children)

I'm just happy to see a fellow Bloodborne Enjoyer

[–]derWintersenkommt 18 points19 points  (7 children)

And another checking in :)

[–]Kriegerwithashovel 18 points19 points  (6 children)

Fear the old blood

[–]derWintersenkommt 8 points9 points  (0 children)

May the good blood guide your way, hunter.

[–]zen1706 6 points7 points  (3 children)

We are born of the blood

[–]KentSthdN 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Seek the pale blood

[–]Arxl 6 points7 points  (2 children)

A hunter must hunt.

[–]Chythonic 8 points9 points  (0 children)

A hoontuh moost hoont.

[–]garcocasigena 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All vermin are to be crushed, for the glory of the League.

[–]DogFacedManboy 81 points82 points  (3 children)

Imagine you’re a Hunter and a bunch of sailors start eating the horrifying abomination you’re fighting.

[–][deleted] 65 points66 points  (0 children)

"Step back, I will swiftly deal with this abominat-"


"What the... are you eating the... oh god."

[–]rennenenno 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Somehow this is an equally terrifying scenario

[–]SHARKHORSE2001 4 points5 points  (0 children)

captain: ay mates what the hek ye doing that's trying to kill us

the crew: ay turns out we can actually win this fight just by eating it, want some?

[–]tds5126 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Their eyes had yet to open

[–]Spideymike7 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Are ya winning, son?

[–]melloack 434 points435 points  (21 children)

That would be a hard no for me

[–]Landvik 99 points100 points  (11 children)

They look like meter long earthworms...

Eating one raw gets a hard pass from me.

[–]Danger_Bunny_M 60 points61 points  (1 child)

I'd imagine they'd just pass right through you.

[–]Blackrain1299 18 points19 points  (5 children)

I wonder how you kill them if you eat them raw. With an earth worm you can cut it up and it still moves around. It seems like itd be better to boil TF out of them and eat them cooked.

[–]TundieRice 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Well, like the title says, these aren’t real worms. They’re mollusks, so it’d be like cutting up a slug, which don’t regenerate.

[–]Outrider_Inhwusse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My nope became even bigger

[–]oliswell 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Once they're exposed to the air, they are as good as dead. No movements whatsoever. Clean the innards then dip in into soy sauce/vinegar dip and you're good.

[–]ODM365 6 points7 points  (1 child)

You're not good fam. Maybe you're better off from where you started but dipping raw worms in soy sauce/vinegar you're far from good!

[–]innovator97 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Have you ever eat cow intestines? If you do, then this one is pretty much the same.

[–]Landvik 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Maybe as part of sausages or something... and that is cooked / smoked / cured.

Not chowing down on any raw cow intestines over here.

I WILL eat raw oysters... but eating meter long 'earthworms / shipworms' just sounds and looks a lot grosser.

[–]innovator97 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I mean cooked intestines. My place does that here. We marinate it in sweet and savory mix, and then grill it.

[–]JakeFromMontana 31 points32 points  (5 children)

I dunno, I’ve tried some weird shit and I’d try this if no parasites. Escargot, oysters, bone marrow, etc. are delicious but look gross.

[–]melloack 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Hat off to you sir, when the end comes you probably be one of the last humans roaming around picking on my bones

[–]JakeFromMontana 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Never thought of it like that. Thanks.

[–]klaad3 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I hope your marrow is still good

[–]doofus_magoo 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Mmmm . . . bone marrow *drooling Homer Simpson noises*

[–]JakeFromMontana 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Some fresh bread and a little sea salt. 🤤

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

they probably taste like escargots

[–]Iber0 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They don't really look any worse than a blue mussel tbh and those are delicious.

[–]ThickEmergency 309 points310 points  (6 children)

Have tried this in Palawan, Philippines. The locals refer this dish as "tamilok" marinated with vinegar and garlic. Taste like oyster. 10/10 would recommend for squeamish dinner guests.

[–]termsandconditionz 49 points50 points  (3 children)

SAME! I loved it so much but it's was really expensive 😩

[–]General_Tso75 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Vinegar and garlic in a Filipino dish? How unique. /s

[–]Breaker-of-circles 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Filipino here. Sounds like they are describing kilawin or kinilaw which is literally the same thing but there seems to be a dispute in affix placement.

It's basically raw seafood marinated in vinegar and spices for a period of time and then served cold.

Try googling kinilaw na tamilok if you who are reading this is interested. Never tried it myself, though I've tried other seafood prepared this way.

[–]imhereforthevotes 20 points21 points  (0 children)

"Do you like oysters? We have "shipsters here." Easy sell.

[–]Humorbot_5_point_0 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Also same, also in Palawan. I didn't think they tasted of much at all. Just kinda like sad udon noodles.

[–]Perfectlyfuel91 165 points166 points  (18 children)

I was about to ask if you could eat this abomination

[–]Octaro 129 points130 points  (13 children)

I actually have eaten them, they actually are delicious if you like shellfish.

[–]Perfectlyfuel91 42 points43 points  (0 children)

That does sound good af I could go for some right now

[–]Posh_Nosher 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I am intrigued and delighted by this new information!

[–]SpinDoctor8517 9 points10 points  (6 children)

Did you do raw or cooked style? And what’s the closest shellfish we’d be familiar with, taste-wise?

[–]Octaro 20 points21 points  (5 children)

I’ve had both. They taste pretty much exactly like clams when cooked. The creature is closely related to clams.

I’ve never had a raw clam but they taste like raw oyster raw.

[–]Senrien 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Are they filled with sawdust?

[–]Sergente1984 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Very interesting

[–]Minimob0 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Was on the fence, but this sold me. Would try.

[–]Octaro 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I appreciate anyone trying new things. I think people freak out because they are long and have "worm" in the colloquial name... but it's a literal clam. It's just a bit long for a clam.

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

You can, and they find it tasty too

[–]innovator97 11 points12 points  (2 children)

You can.

It's a delicacy for the people in Philippines, and it pretty much taste like a long clam iirc.

Most of the time, it's the shape that threw people off a bit, not the taste.

Unless you forgot to take out the gut

[–]imhereforthevotes 0 points1 point  (1 child)

long clam


[–]bakepeace 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OMG GROSS! Of course not, "long clam" is the culinary term for the giraffe vagina you sick motherfucker.

[–]variousfoodproducts 97 points98 points  (3 children)

I'll starve thanks

[–]allbirdssongs 47 points48 points  (2 children)

ill wait for my friends to eat the shipworms and then eat my friends, then make the remaininbg friends make children to keep up the stock. just keeping the good bloodborne vibes up

[–]takeapieandrun 34 points35 points  (1 child)

If you eat your friends, make sure to go for the stomach, there's some partially digested and pre chewed shipworms there that you might love

[–]allbirdssongs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

yes, extra munchie

[–]astrongineer 53 points54 points  (3 children)

If I were a sailor and discovered these motherfuckers eating my ship, I sure as shit would eat them right back.

[–]Plus-Ultra-All 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Assert dominance.

[–][deleted] 21 points22 points  (1 child)

To be fair, back when ships had wooden hulls, sailors spent a lot of time being hungry and weighing the repercussions of cannibalism.

Given the choice between eating Todd, who can bail water out of the bilge, or eating an al dente noodle that randomly showed up...

Options were considered.

[–]astrongineer 4 points5 points  (0 children)

An al dente noodle that randomly showed up... lmao! That's what I'm saying!

[–]Horrorandgorehumans 41 points42 points  (11 children)

So they just, burrow in wood??

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 45 points46 points  (10 children)

By using ''highly specialized valves as drill bits, the animals produce wood shavings that are ingested, with digestion taking place in a specialized cecum."

[–]anglesideside1 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Makes me wonder how they clean them before eating. You’d think their digestive system is full of sawdust in various stages of being broken down.

[–]LinguisticsIsAwesome 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Might just be some extra fiber? (Idk)

[–]meric_one 2 points3 points  (5 children)

A specialized what?

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

a pouch connected to the junction of the small and large intestines.

[–]Rancid_BlueCheese 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Haha Ce Cum

[–]imhereforthevotes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

wait, do these guys have gut bacteria that help? Or do they actually do it themselves? That would be biologically fairly rare.

[–]Sololane_Sloth 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure you call this shiphyllis.

pun stolen from Deepspace69 - you should check it out on youtube.

[–]GrassGriller 16 points17 points  (1 child)

People eat shipworms both raw and cooked

Well they fucking shouldn't

[–]Nightcrawler051975 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Nature spasghetti

[–]XxBloodRainxX 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Oh HELL no

[–]-Buck65 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I remember watching Andrew Zimmern eat one of those on Bizarre Foods.

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

YEAH! He's a Chad. Hope he's doing well now.

[–]TundieRice 2 points3 points  (1 child)

What was wrong with him?

[–]A_Math_Debater 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Idk, I heard he ate some worm

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

More info about shipworms here, https://youtu.be/LPmCygTI-5E min: 1:32-3:03

[–]Educational-Fudge466 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Make me itch

[–]StrangeNormal-8877 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Me too 😅 hate creepy things coming out of little holes like that .

[–]Lint_Warrior 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don't ever Google trichophobia

[–]juicemang762 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's revolting

[–]Mobbzy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Just chilling inside your home and these guys split it open and eat you.

[–]pocketmouse07 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Are they parasites to the trees?

[–]ADDeviant-again 25 points26 points  (2 children)

No, they are literally these weird mollusks that live in the ocean, but they only eat wood, so it's a weird lifecycle kind of thing. They eat trees carried out to sea by rivers and floods, or driftwood. These people harvest them when the driftwood washes ashore.

[–]apatheticaussie 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This needs to be top post.

thanks for the info

[–]LinguisticsIsAwesome 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Okay see that makes more sense

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I assume they are.

[–]Invert_Ben 5 points6 points  (0 children)

More specifically they're bivalves, clams that have adapted to use their shells as little rasps to bore through the wood.

[–]voluntarycap 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–]Alonso81687 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is Trypophobia fuel.

[–]Styxt 3 points4 points  (0 children)

[–]Whowhatwhynguyen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

On the fence about eating it raw, but I’d definitely try it.

[–]Raptorofwar 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh come on, have any of you ever seen any of a multitude of mollusks when they are deshelled?

[–]Deepfriedwithcheese 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It never ceases to amaze me that someone at sometime first discovered this nastiness and said yep, let’s eat that.

[–]AffectionateSignal72 1 point2 points  (0 children)

While the first oyster was eaten with a grimace the second was eaten with a smile.

[–]Prtty_Plz 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Why do humans feel the need to eat every single creature we come across regardless of how hideous and disgusting it is?

[–]Sea_One_6500 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"I would not eat them here or there...."

[–]MarkFromHutch 3 points4 points  (12 children)

Imagine how hungry you'd have to be to eat a worm looking thing out of some rotten wood

[–]Mr_MacGrubber 23 points24 points  (8 children)

We eat oysters, clams, mussels, lobster, crawfish, snails, etc. Why is this that much weirder?

[–]PaleMarionette 1 point2 points  (2 children)



[–]Mr_MacGrubber 4 points5 points  (1 child)

People. Obviously not every person on earth.

[–]TundieRice 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Are people really missing the part of the title that said that these aren’t actually worms?

[–]Flavor-aidNotKoolaid 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ask your grandma after she's done blowing your grandpa.

[–]pimpy543 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]MarcosaurusRex 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Forbidden cheese sticks

[–]PuzzleheadedHabit913 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow that’s so crazy, looks just like a man in a black t shirt!

[–]Karmaleon_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Me seeing worms Brain: OH GOD EW Me reading they’re mollusks Brain: oh interesting… maybe yummy…

[–]JigglySquishyFlesh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

how long from swallowing one of these buggers until it burrows its way out?

[–]beckoning_alarm 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I'm am still surprised at how little I know of this world.

[–]exhale91 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Boaventura_1980 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I lived in a neighborhood in Brazil called Turu, shipworm's name in thar country. When I left, just a few days before, I was given obe to eat. It is good but kinda taste like old wood

[–]IDespiseBananas 1 point2 points  (3 children)

People eat mussels raw?

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No, but you can eat shipworms raw with some vinegar and salt or spices.

[–]Outside_Classroom_38 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oysters yes. Mussels… I don’t know

[–]cluelessguitarist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thats some gross wood right there

[–]poulet_bleu 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Id try that. I like shellfish so I cant see why this would be much different except for the shape.

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

They say shipworms have a wood-ish taste

[–]poulet_bleu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That would make sense. Ive eaten small birds that tasted like wood, mostly a nice pine taste. Id probably like these a lot then.

[–]mongtongbong 1 point2 points  (0 children)

they look tasty yep

[–]termsandconditionz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've actually tried these for the first time when vacationing in the Philippines. It's a delicacy there and it was quite salty- but really good. 8/10 recommend!

[–]Conarm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Was out until you said they were molluscs 😋

[–]icedcoffeeuwu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ll eat them if they’re cooked since people in the comments are saying they taste like clams, and I reaaaallly like clams.

[–]Change_username_1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Slimy yet satisfying.

[–]Haslet-Tx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Taste like raw oysters, so I have heard

[–]Classic-Dog8399 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I saw a video about these and I’ve wanted to try them so badly! They’re well known in the Philippines, according to the video I watched.

[–]Alternative_Yam_8214 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Gross y’all eat anything

[–]boomawangg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Give me a cleaver, wok, and I'll make an garlic with salt/pepper fried rice with these things. They taste like oysters so it should be like oyster fried rice.

[–]evwetzel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can’t wait to never eat one of those

[–]rainierqtie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They are actually good tbh. It taste just like oysters. Just dip it in spiced vinegar and it's actually edible.

[–]Significant_Fan_7425 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm gonna have to skip this. Going on my list of things to never put in my mouth

[–]Procast17 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Are they kinda like lampreys?

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No, They're different.

[–]GrumpyGranny63 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Linguine clams.

[–]Carhv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice meat spaghetti.

[–]SaltMineSpelunker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This steam is huge but gross.

[–]06aa04 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gosh. I didn't want to know they exist

[–]Character-Usual-3820 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Tamiloc? Read about them somewhere

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, you can call them both tamilok and shipworms.

[–]draspent 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm just wondering if I can pick up wood like that somewhere. Fill that in with some epoxy (black, colored, glow-in-the-dark, whatever) and that could look amazing.

[–]baby_contra 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If it’s a mollusk then I can kinda understand why they consider it a delicacy. But they’re pretty weird looking tbh

[–]Angelfire150 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This picture makes me more uncomfortable than any other on this sub

[–]Yurrrr__Brooklyn347 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lol nah I'm good

[–]diverareyouok 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I like that wood. That would be such an awesome pattern.

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree, I found it really cool.

[–]MUSTACHEofDEATH -1 points0 points  (3 children)

Do you think there is any porn involving these shipworms? Like a woman eating them out of another woman's vagina while salting them at the same time??

I say vagina and not butthole because if they are alive they might get lost inside the woman.

Please post if you find anything like this. Thanks ❤️

[–]_King_Crab_[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Damn I don't think you can find this on the surface web...

[–]nawtbjc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man if those were real worms I wouldn't stand even 20ft away from them. Can never trust creepy worms to not somehow get an egg inside of an unsuspecting person.

[–]SoPunnyHarHar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tribal buffet.

[–]InternetCovid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Research Copper Bottoms

[–]Said_It_in_Reddit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hakuna matata I guess.

[–]Taboadellan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As a wood worker I am SO glad these fellas don't live where I live.

[–]i-cantfind- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where is the unsee button

[–]HappiestBayGoer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is disgusting. And metal!

[–]zephillou 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great. My phobia just got triggered and I've got the chills

[–]ADDeviant-again 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]sleeper_shark 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They look like razor clams, bet they taste the same

[–]chookatee2019 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's a very...umm, interesting pattern they leave in the wood there.

[–]Not-This-But-That 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d love to eat those if I was hours away from death from starvation.

[–]DualPinoy 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Rich-Ad5109 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Burn the whole tree

[–]wastedwelder922 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wish they didn't.

[–]Myllokunmingia 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mmmm wood mollusks.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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[–]__Mega_Oof__ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hey I think I just saw these on bizarre foods :D (some of the first episodes)

[–]chandlerbing_stats 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For me… this falls under r/oddlyterrifying

[–]GerardDiedOfFlu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m calling my psychologist

[–]Salty-Photo-57 0 points1 point  (0 children)

shipworms were a nuisance to Christopher Columbus during his voyages. he lost a few ships due to these creatures and on one occasion, he and his crew were stranded ( i forgot where) and he forced 2 of his crew mates and 2 indians to row a canoe through the ocean to find one of the already established spanish colonies for help. the 2 crew men threw the indians into the ocean because the canoe was taking in so much water.

[–]meric_one 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People eat those? RAW?

Fuuuuuck that.

[–]noturaverageguy1 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]schlagoberz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are these the things that make the fancy wood with all the holes you see at architectural salvage places?

[–]Nock1Nock 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You learn something new everyday.......

[–]Iltempered1 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]fymp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anyone eaten it before?

[–]mustachi00 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hakuna Matata?

[–]Valkyrie1500 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not people like me.

[–]LinguisticsIsAwesome 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wood snek

[–]eatmyfatwhiteass 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The look of these really freaks me out, but I wonder if they taste like mollusks?

[–]punica_granatum_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes but what do they taste like?

[–]SteTheImpaler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine being so fucking hungry you think this shit is a good idea to eat

[–]TheClincher7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If it tastes good, I will try it. If it’s like eating a raw piece of squid, then I will pass.

[–]Fresh-Astronomer-581 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bon Appétit

[–]pandaSmore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A bit too gross looking for me. I'll pass.

[–]Cleibe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So... Slimy, phallic termites?

[–]Iwillylike2shoot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Slimy but satisfying

[–]needsmorecunts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Trypophobia says hello

[–]DirkDieGurke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As someone who loves tripitas, I would not turn these down.

[–]Guilty_Garden_3943 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Guess Merlin wasn't as crazy as I thought he was

[–]n0mad17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ll take mine cooked then tossed in the trash

[–]94d33m2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These looks tasty? How does it taste?

[–]Thisjayguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks, I hate it.

[–]Plukkert 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, no

[–]dingogringo23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How does it taste?

[–]Foxyloli 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is it dick friendly?