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These Weird Deep-Sea Worms Are Absurd And Enthralling

These aren’t your garden-variety earthworms.

A stunning video released earlier this month by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute showcases the incredible diversity of worms found in the undersea world, often thousands of feet below the surface. About 8,000 species of polychaetes (pol-IH-keets) — cousins of the earthworm — have been discovered, but many more still swim about unknown to science.

Some burrow in mud on the seafloor, others live in superheated vents, and other species dubbed “zombie worms” even help digest whale skeletons. But some, like the creature below, swim read more >>>

Source : HuffingtonPost.Com


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