Disgust as creatures living below the sand at beaches laid bare

Beachgoers have been left ‘horrified’ by creatures lurking just beneath the sand’s surface.

TikTok footage that shows a man luring a so-called beach worm with rotting fish has left people reeling in horror.

The wriggling creatures found on Aussie beaches are skinny, can grow up to 300cm in length, have hundreds of segments on their bodies and sharp teeth that can pierce human skin.

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Thousands were shocked by the worm's existence and "wish they'd never found out about it" via the TikTok page @TightLinezFishing.

“New fear unlocked,” a man said.

“I'm never going to the beach again unless I forget about this.”

Another said: “'Why would you show us this?

“We were so happy not knowing.”

“I'm horrified and fascinated at the same time,” another person.

“I'm never letting my feet sink in the sand again,” said another.

Others, however, were not bothered by the video.

One man said: “They're just fish bait – you use them lots when you go fishing.”

“My brother and I used to dig trenches at the breach and we would fill buckets with these worms,” said another.

One unfazed woman said: “Am I just Australian or is this not that shocking?”

“Surely everyone knew about beach worms.”

Beach worms are native to the eastern and south-eastern coasts of Australia and experts say they are found in sandy beaches at the low water mark.

Although many have found their presence disturbing – they are not lethal and can be used by fishermen as bait.

Although they can bite humans, beach worms are omnivores and feast on seaweed and animal matter present on sea shores.

Living under the sand, they are rarely seen as they only come out of the sand only to feed. They poke their heads out of the sand and grab the food in their jaws and eat it.

They are also hunted by fish and birds when they do wriggle above sand for food.

They have short tentacles near their head and they live hidden in the sand in burrows or in tubes that they make.

They build temporary burrows by secreting mucus onto the sand to create a thin tube to live in.

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