Animals Video

By Jasmine Kazlauskas

People from all over the world have been left bewildered after an Australian fisherman was filmed pulling huge snake-like worms from the sand on a beach.

Tony Didio, 53, and his son Jason, 25, from Macksville in New South Wales, are an inseparable pair who love to go fishing together whenever they can and use the incredible technique to catch sand worms to use as live bait.

The father-and-son fishing duo shared the incredible footage on their Facebook page and the video has since racked up over 800,000 views and has been shared nearly 6,000 times.

Sand worms, also known as lugworms, can grow up to two metres (6ft 6in) long and live underneath the sand but are rarely seen by beachgoers unless they go digging for them.

Tony, who has been fishing his entire life, said: “The sand worms are on most of our beaches, but most people don’t even know they exist but there are thousands of them.

“It’s a true art form to try and catch them and it took me years to learn how to do it well.

“I’ve taken mates down to the beach and they can’t wrap their head around how I do it.

“They try hard but just can’t do it, because if you put your fingers near them they just disappear.

“They’re as fast as lightening. I use a dead fish to lure them up and then have a bit of meat in my hand, so when they pop their heads up for a bite I quickly grab them.

“We use them as live bait and it’s better than having to pay $3 a worm at the shop.

“There is nothing better than them for fishing, you can use them to catch almost anything that swims in the ocean.”