Tube worms on a deep hydrothermal vent

Tube worms on a deep hydrothermal vent

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Credit: C VAN DOVER/OAR/NATIONAL UNDERSEA RESEARCH PROGRAM /COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY/NOAA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Giant tube worms (Riftia pachyptila) on a hydrothermal vent. These animals inhabit a tube (white), from which they extend feathery red plumes. The plumes take in chemicals and release waste. The chemicals are passed to colonies of symbiotic bacteria that live inside the worm, which convert the chemicals into nutrients on which the worm feeds. The worms are usually found near hydrothermal vents (black smokers), and are extremely resistant to the heat associated with the vents. Photographed deep in the Pacific Ocean.

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Keywords: animal, annelid, biological, biology, black smoker, deep, deep-sea, fauna, giant tube worm, heat, hot, hydrothermal vent, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine biology, nature, oceanic, pacific ocean, riftia pachyptila, symbiosis, symbiotic, tube worm, underwater, wildlife, worms, zoological, zoology

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