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, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) showing close-up of mouthparts. This worm was found on the walls of hydrothermal vent 'black smokers' in the Pacific Ocean. The worm feeds on bacteria that live directly off minerals released by the vents (a process known as chemosynthesis). Hydrothermal vents are found several thousands of metres deep underwater along geologically active zones. 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, 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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