Osedax: Sex Life of an Ocean Bone Worm

Enter the world of the osedax worm, where mouthless female scavengers liquefy the bones of dead whales with acid-drenched roots -- and where each female's body contains a harem of tiny, sperm-producing males. Robert and Christian discuss the bizarre lives of the osedax worms and invite "Sex in the Sea" author Dr. Marah J. Hardt for a discussion on this and other fascinating modes of deep-water reproduction.

Sperm Kills in Lethal Cross-Species Worm Mating

21 Fictional Worms Deserving of Horror & Devotion

"But see, amid the mimic rout, a crawling shape intrude! A blood-red thing that writhes from out the scenic solitude!" -Edgar Allan Poe

Grunting the Conqueror Worm

Grunting the Conqueror Worm: Behold the conqueror earthworm, a creature introduced to North America mere centuries ago and now virtually unstoppable. And yet some humans know the means of summoning these worms from the Earth using only music or the rhythmic rubbing of stakes. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie take you inside the world of worm grunting.

How 'Worm Grunting' Works

Robert Lamb talks about calling worms to the surface. Without magic.

Monster of the Week: The Mirocaw Harlequins

Robert Lamb ponders the science and history behind the clowns in Thomas Ligotti's "The Last Feast of Harlequin."