fredag den 5. november 2010

Mongolian death worm (olgoi khorkhoi)


Have you guys missed the cryptids? Well here you have another, a killer worm from the desert! It’s called the Mongolian death worm or olgoi-khorkhoi (meaning large intestine worm).

Stories of the killer worm from the Gobi desert has been told by the nomads for many generations, but it was only in 1926 that the stories reached the West. This happened when American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews mentioned the creature in his book On the Trail of Ancient Man. Andrews had an experience in the Gobi where a lot of locals described the olgoi-khorkhoi in detail, but the paleontologist wasn’t really convinced of the creature’s existence, since none of the locals who told him of the creature had actually seen it themselves.

The creature is described as being a huge red worm. If you have seen the movie Tremors you might have a small idea about what the creature is like. It is said to grow larger than any other worm, it’s said it can be up to 1.5 meters long (5 feet). Furthermore it is said to have the appearance of a cow’s intestine, thus the bizarre name.

The death worm is also said to be extremely poisonous and to have the ability to kill from a distance by electrical discharge. (Sounds like a pokémon to me :P)

So what could people be seeing out in the desert? there are many theories some more farfetched than others. Is it a misidentified venomous snake? Or perhaps just a bombadier beetle defending itself while sitting on the intestines of a cow, giving it the appearance of a monstrous worm??? Or is it a huge unknown killer worm unknown to science?

And my most important question;
What do you guys think people are seeing in the Gobi?

35 kommentarer:

  1. Maybe a story to scare off gullible American paleontologists? Seriously, this one doesn't seem very realistic...
    And I thought there weren't bombardier beetles in Asia lol

    SvarSlet
  2. I've heard of these, be interesting to go and investigate

    SvarSlet
  3. that thing would give me nightmares.

    SvarSlet
  4. I'm glad to read it, now I can sleep better.
    LoL Pokemon, I think it too; great pic btw.

    SvarSlet
  5. Sounds cool. I think people are just crazy.

    SvarSlet
  6. Good to know mate, thanks for sharing!

    SvarSlet
  7. Balls mate I'd hate to have one of those things sucking on me!

    SvarSlet
  8. I think it's actual tremors. Gonna haunt my dreams now.

    SvarSlet
  9. that thing looks like my.. ..er.. nm. Followed

    SvarSlet
  10. Tremors used to scare the hell out of me lol

    SvarSlet
  11. can't wait until your next post!!

    SvarSlet
  12. Killerworm movies incoming..
    dune2k worms weren't them red too? those always annoyed me

    SvarSlet
  13. I showed my friends your post and they enjoyed it! Keep them coming!

    SvarSlet
  14. Heard of them before, Love the monster posts, very interesting idea for a blog.

    Never know when I'll need to fight one of these off.

    SvarSlet
  15. So funny, i love your blog ! :)

    SvarSlet
  16. I'm not sure what they could be seeing, but the picture is really neat and you always have really interesting posts. Well Done!

    SvarSlet
  17. he who controls the spice controls the universe, maud dib!

    SvarSlet
  18. Woah that would be scary as hell to find while walking through the desert. Keep the monsters coming. Cryptozoology is so interesting.

    SvarSlet
  19. Love that thing. I used to have one in high school.

    SvarSlet
  20. That looks like one mean ass worm. Sounds awful.

    SvarSlet
  21. the movie tremors is perhaps the best kevin bacon movie ever. everyone needs to watch tremors more. however you can leave the sequel alone...it's all about the original. "we plan ahead, so we don't have to do anything today"

    SvarSlet
  22. I think the local's knowledge shouldn't be taken lightly. They're experts in their own right.

    SvarSlet
  23. give it 2 sequels and these things will evolve into assblasters

    SvarSlet
  24. Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?

    SvarSlet