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beautiful bone-eating snot-flower worm

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A beautiful organism with not so pretty table manners.

“Osedax mucofloris—otherwise known as the bone-eating snot-flower worm—is a species of undersea worm discovered in 2005. It eats the bones of deceased whales. On the surface of the bone, the worm looks like a curly, pink flower. Burrowed into the bone is a mass of worm-y tissue that, presumably, does the actual eating.”

Thought you’d like to know.

via BoingBoing

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Written by bjornyeo

June 2, 2010 at 1:20 am

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