Strange deep-sea worm looks like a glowing lump of spaghetti

Strange deep-sea worm looks like a glowing lump of spaghetti

An image of the unnamed spaghetti worm from the newly released MBARI video. (Image credit: 2012 MBARI)

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A bizarre seafloor creature covered in bright orange, spaghetti-like tentacles recently made its internet debut in newly released video footage. The unusual pompom-shaped creature is actually a type of segmented sea worm known as a polychaete, and it belongs to a group aptly named: spaghetti worms.

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) captured footage of the pasta-mimicking worm using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in 2012 while exploring the Gulf of California off the coast of Mexico. They published the Video (opens in new tab) July 1st on MBARI’s YouTube channel in celebration of World Polychaete Day.

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