Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Indestructible Creatures No 3


What indestructible creature should I tell you about today, how about the Pompeii Worm............

They live at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, where super-heated water churns out from underneath the seabed at temperatures of 100°c (212°f) that is bloody hot indeed.

This worm is pink and wriggly wit h greyish fur made of bacteria and red gills, the worm oozes out a slimy substances for the bacteria to feed on and in return they shield it from the hot water.

They disappear into their tubes to hide from predators but some of them still get eaten by hungry hunters, such as vent octopuses or eelpout fish.

Each worm builds a thin papery tube to live in, stuck to the side of a vent or opening where the hot water comes out. The worm sits in the tube, with its tail near the hot vent and its head sticking out into the cooler water, so it can catch food and breathe in oxygen with its feathery gills.



7 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Never heard of this - love it's color - but YUCK!

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Gosh, never heard of it Jo-Anne.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Yeah kinda yuck

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Now you do but bet you could live without knowing about it

Rita said...

Oh! I think I saw them on a nature show. I was shocked at how many creatures lived near those super hot vents at the bottom of the ocean in the dark!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Me too, Leo thought it was creepy looking

Quirky Homemaker G said...

Ewww! Gives me the heebie-jeebies, but really. . .. how cool! God has truly created some amazing creatures!

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