Nature never ceases to amaze us with strange animals, and humans never stop giving them ridiculous, but totally spot-on names. Such is the case of the pigbutt worm.
Discovered by scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in 2007, it was given the Latin classification: Chaetopterus pugaporcinus. Fortunately for all of us, that translates to "Chaetopterid worm that looks like the rump of a pig."
That eventually made its way to the colloquially known pigbutt worm.
According to the institute, though, the worm isn't nearly the size of an actual pig's rear. It's actually about the size of a marble and "lives 3,000 feet below the ocean surface," which may explain why it was only discovered 10 years ago.
It's also a pretty groundbreaking discovery because it's a new type of worm. The ocean just never stops unveiling fresh, cool species.
The way the pigbutt worm eats is nearly as unique as its name. According to Wired, "it harvests food by excreting a cloud of plankton-trapping mucus around itself."
Yes, this article is about butts and mucus.
That's all great information. Now you can tell your friends how a pigbutt worm eats and how big it is and when it was discovered. But, we know why you're really here. You want to see what a worm shaped like a pig's behind looks like, right? Let the photos commence.
The pigbutt in all its glory.
Spot-on in color and in shape.
From another angle.
So you can see what its mouth looks like.
Here's an animated video someone made, because of course.
And, some more fan art.
Everybody has to love something.