Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles - [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.