Deep ocean worm,SEM

Deep ocean worm,SEM

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This image is part of the feature Monsters from the Deep

Credit: PHILIPPE CRASSOUS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Deep ocean worm (Eunice pulvinopalpata), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) showing close-up of mouthparts. This species of worm is found on the walls of hydrothermal vent 'black smokers' 2,500-3,000 metres below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. They feed on bacteria that live directly off minerals released by the vents (a process known as chemosynthesis). Hydrothermal vents are found along geologically active zones deep underwater. The vents release superheated water and dense mineral deposits, forming huge towers that support a wide variety of fauna.

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Keywords: animal, biological, biology, bristle worm, chemosynthesis, chemosynthetic, deep ocean, deep sea, eunice pulvinopalpata, hydrothermal vent, marine biology, nature, polychaeta, polychaete, scale worm, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, under water, underwater, vent fauna, wildlife, worm, zoological, zoology

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