Rosy Acorn Worm
Photograph by David Shale
Sporting a bright fuchsia hue, this new species of acorn worm was recently found some 8,850 feet (2,700 meters) deep near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The colorful creature is one of more than 12 new species and at least 4 new genera of worms discovered during two recent deep-sea expeditions, scientists have confirmed.
This newly discovered species of acorn worm splays its long “lips,” which stretch nearly the length of its body. The lips are covered with tiny hairs that pick up particles of food off the seafloor and pass them to the worm’s mouth.