A rare giant shipworm has been discovered by scientists in the Philippines.

The creatures, which can reach up to five feet in length, spends its life encased in a hard shell, buried head first in mud. The casing provides protection for its soft body.

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Scientists have been aware of the creatures existence but have never found a living specimen before.

Despite its name, it is not a worm, it is what is known as a bivalve, a relation of clams and mussels.

The sea creature feeds from a valve on one end and has a syphon at the opposite end to take in and expel water.

Their relatives are notorious for eating into to wooden piers, docks and ships or any wood that is immersed in sea water.

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