Don’t touch it! Fisherman reels in fire worm at Ala Moana

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A fisherman reeled in an interesting catch over the weekend.

A bristle worm, also known as a fire worm, was pulled from the reef at Ala Moana Beach Park on Sunday.

Waikiki Aquarium’s director says if you come across one, don’t touch it.

“Those are very, very painful, so if you were to pick it up, the bristles would stick in you and break off,” said Andrew Rossiter. “They excrete a neurotoxin, a nerve poison, which is both very painful and can leave you feeling nauseous and giddy.”

Fire worms are common in waters off Hawaii.

They live in reefs and they normally come out at night.

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