The unluckiest worm in the world

unlucky polychaeteActually I think a similar fate befalls millions (billions?) of worms every day due to ocean dredging, bottom trawling, etc. Still, you’ve got to feel sorry for this little polychaete: just sitting buried in the sediment, happily siphoning a midnight snack, when suddenly s/he’s trapped and rapidly depressurized.

Brandi_and_Heath_coringScientists Brandy Reece & Heath Mills took this core last night. I didn’t stay around to watch the fate of the worm, but the rest of the core was sectioned for microbial and geochemical analysis.

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