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"Flamboyant" New Squid Worm Surprises, Delights Experts

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
This think looks wicked sick.
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Scanning the depths off the Philippines in 2007, an undersea robot beamed back video of a worm—or was it a squid, or a worm eating a squid?—with spiraling appendages, iridescent "oars," and a feathery "nose."

"When the image came onto the screen, everyone said, Oh my gosh, what's that?" recalled marine zoologist Laurence Madin of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

Thanks to a new study co-authored by Madin, we now have the answer. The animal—as suspected—turned out to be a bizarrely bedecked marine worm totally new to science. (See marine-worm pictures.)

The paper, published Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters, describes the new species at length for the first time and officially christens the creature Teuthidodrilus samae, or "squid worm of the Sama"—the Sama being a culture with ties to Philippine islands not far from the discovery site.

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Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Are you just posting random things now so you can get the links in your signature up on the boards more often?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    G-Raffe wrote: »
    Are you just posting random things now so you can get the links in your signature up on the boards more often?

    noo
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    No offence intended, its just that half or more of your posts have been new threads, some talking about unrelated news events. Could be worth making it interesting by adding a bit more of your thoughts to the posts. Or perhaps even starting a "news" thread or something where you can post news stories that interest you.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Who cares about this deep sea shit?
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