Tube worms on a deep hydrothermal vent

Tube worms on a deep hydrothermal vent

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Caption: Tube worms 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.

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

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