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What are these pale pink worms in the stream?

Hi all

I've been going through some old photos and came across these which were taken in March last year.  The worms were in our stream in.  I've tried googling using the obvious buzz words but haven't come up with anything yet.  

No idea if they are ultra common or not, but curious to learn more if anyone knows what they are?  

Many thanks



  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited January 2022
    Interesting. Do you remember if they were animated (moving)? They almost look like they have square ends. Not poo?
  • That looks like the result of my dogs worming treatment.
    Sunny Dundee
  • Wow - quick replies.  I don't remember if they were moving I'm afraid.  I'll keep my eyes peeled for them again this year so that I can check for movement.  

    Haha - well, I do have a dog!  But I don't think it's related to here in anyway.  There are sheep upstream in case that could be relevant?  And a lot of run off from sheep fields (with the occasional run off).  

    Many thanks
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    The do look a bit like poo. It would be odd to find a mass of dead worms in one spot like that. (I edited my first post above).
  • Any and all of the above is possible...  I really don't have a clue!  They do indeed look odder though when you zoom in on them.  Perhaps as more people see the post and photos someone might have seen the same and we'll get a positive identification!
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,271
    I don’t like the weird finger pointing at them in photo 2.

    Might they have been anglers’ bait jettisoned in the water?
    Rutland, England
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,227
    Agree with Pansy. Worms go weird and pasty looking if they 'drown' in water.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,788
    edited January 2022
    Does anyone fish in that stream?  Even up-stream a bit?  
    Perhaps someone fishing didn’t use all their bait and tipped their bucket of worms in the stream 😢 and they got washed downstream and onto the bank?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Yikes, didn't notice the weird finger thing until you pointed it out.  

    No, wouldn't be related to fishing...

    Could be drained pasty earthworms...  What doesn't quite fit that theory is that there were very much central in the stream, not near the bank.  So how they would have ended up in the middle there and all so well grouped I don't know.  But still possible I guess.  

    Loving the detective work here guys!  
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