There’s a new addition to the UK record books, and though he may not have completed a daunting challenge, he stunned experts so much that they killed him off in the name of science.
Dave was a 40-centimeter (15.7-inch) worm who weighed 26 grams. His wriggling body was found in a vegetable patch in Widnes, Cheshire by Paul Rees, whose stepson, George, came up with the brilliant name.
“I was bowled over by the size of this worm when I opened the plastic box they sent it in,”said Natural History museum scientist Emma Sherlock in a press release. “Not only is it really long, it is almost twice as heavy as any other wild earthworm ever seen, weighing the same as a small chocolate bar.”
Though he had the potential to wow us all even more, scientists at the Natural History Museum preserved him in a jar that will be “around for ever more” with an appropriate label that reads “known as Dave.”
The former longest Scottish worm was just 39.6 centimeters (15.6 inches) and weighed no more than 12.6 grams – no match for Dave! Experts aren’t quite sure how he grew to be so heavy and long for a worm, but Sherlock believes that Rees’ vegetable plot must have been “incredibly fertile and well-drained” with “decaying matter quickly recycled back into the soil.”
Dave will always live on in our hearts. Rest in peace, Dave.