Weird deep sea snake looks like a glowing lump of spaghetti

Weird deep sea snake looks like a glowing lump of spaghetti

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

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A bizarre seabed creature covered in glowing orange, spaghetti-like tentacles recently made its Internet debut in newly released video footage. The unusual pom-pom-shaped creature is actually a type of segmented marine 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 footage of the pasta-like worm in 2012 using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), while exploring the Gulf of California off the coast of Mexico. They escaped video (opens in a new tab) July 1 on MBARI’s YouTube channel to celebrate World Polychaete Day.

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