A strange deep-sea worm looks like a glowing piece of spaghetti

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

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

Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) captured images of the pasta-mimicking worm in 2012 using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), as they explored the Gulf of California off the coast of Mexico . They took out the video (opens in a new tab) July 1 on the MBARI YouTube channel to celebrate World Polychaete Day.

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