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Strange deep-sea worms look like glowing spaghetti chunks

Image of an unnamed spaghetti worm from the newly released MBARI video. (Image credit: 2012 MBARI)

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A strange undersea creature covered in bright orange, spaghetti-like tentacles recently surfaced on the internet in newly released video footage. The unusual pom-pom-shaped creature is actually a type of segmented marine worm known as a polychaete, and belongs to the aptly named group of spaghetti worms.

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to capture footage of a worm mimicking pasta while exploring the Gulf of California off the coast of Mexico in 2012.they released video (opens in new tab) On July 1st, we will celebrate World Polychaete Day on MBARI’s YouTube channel.

Strange deep-sea worms look like glowing spaghetti chunks

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