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Faceless worms that are blood red and who have a craving for bones have been discovered in the seas of Australia along the east coast in a deep-sea abyss.
Skull And Bones Of Pilot Whale Eaten By Faceless Worms
A pilot whales spine and skull which was four kilometers underwater off Byron Bay have been found by scientists and they found that worms had burrowed deep into the bones and had been eating the marrow from the bones.
The worms had been found previously in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans but this is the first time that they have been found off the coast of Australia. Scientists have said that the faceless worms are about a million years old and they may have eaten the bones of aquatic dinosaurs
Scientists Discover Hundreds Of New Marine Creatures
The worms are among hundreds of marine creatures that are rarely seen and new that have been discovered by a team of 58 scientists along with technicians and their crew on a voyage that lasted a month long and ended on Friday in Brisbane.
The chief scientist onboard Dr. Tim O`Hara, who is also the senior curator at the Museum Victoria of marine invertebrates, said that the worms are a find that is exciting given the very unusual way in which they feed. The worms do not have what can be described as being a proper mouth, instead, they use tentacle to eat bone marrow when it has been broken down by bacteria. O`Hara said that they lived in a soup of bacteria as they sucked up all the nutrients.
Worms Lie On Sea Bed In Wait Of Whales
He went on to say that the worms are a fascinating story in marine biology as everyone has wondered how they manage to move from one skeleton and onto another. This is something that the scientists have looked at for many years and they have found that the worms are everywhere in the plankton and they just seem to wait there for a whale to fall down onto the sea floor.
10 New Eels, Sea Stars, And Sea Cucumbers Found
The Museums Victoria and CSIRO scientists exploratory voyage is the first time that scientists have been able to go down to the murky depths of the abyss and study them. They used a sled-style device of metal which was attached to eight kilometers of wire, which they then plunged into the abyss each day and collected samples from the marine creatures. Around 10 new eel types were discovered and many crustaceans that are unique, along with sea cucumbers and sea stars. Among the creatures collected during the trip were blobfish, which have been called the ugliest fish, tripod fish that have long spikes sticking out of their fins and a faceless fish that has not been seen in the oceans of Australia for over a century.
The scientists had been impressed by the creatures they collected but at the same time, they were disturbed by the sheer amount of rubbish found in the water, including paint tins, fishing lines, and many other items.
A lot of the haul is going to be on display in museums in Australia and overseas and Dr, O`Hara said that that was a way of bringing the mysteries of the deep sea to the people. More voyages to explore the abyss are now being planned; this is to include a focus on rocky sea mountains, habitats which there is little known about.