Feb 10, 2016

It Lives Very Near Alabama. And Can Survive 250-Years.

     Among the weirdest critters on the planet....it is among the  fascinating creatures that live in the water many of us swim in each Summer.

     PEW reports on the creatures deep in the Gulf of Mexico, including the tubeworm:

They colonize on the seafloor, much like corals do, and push tentacles or plumes out of their tubes, which can grow to more than 10 feet long. Without a mouth or digestive system, the tubeworms absorb chemicals from the water—which bacteria living in the tubeworm convert into food, similar to what plants do with sunlight.  

Think about that the next time you go swimming at Gulf Shores or Destin. 

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