Great White — the giant Palouse earthworm

By Leah Sottile, The Pacific Northwest Inlander

The giant Palouse earthworm can’t be found — yet it’s dividing the Palouse

Jodi Johnson-Maynard will tell you this is not a quest. It’s not her personal mission or a scientific crusade. She’s reluctant to call it much of anything, in fact.

Her search for the giant Palouse earthworm is one she conducts with calculated scientific professionalism: She refuses to take sides, she will only comment on facts — the black and white. Not the gray.

What she will firmly tell you is that the giant Palouse earthworm — a pale white worm that can grow three feet long, smells like lilies and spits when aggravated — exists. She’ll also tell you that its numbers are plummeting, that it lives somewhere under the Palouse and that it has only been found four times in the last 100 years.

She just can’t tell you how to find it.

Read the entire article on the Pacific Northwest Inlander website.

Read about a similar species – the Oregon Giant Earthworm.


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