Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Christmas Tree Worms

Spirobranchus giganteus - These guys are not, as their scientific name suggests, large. In fact big ones are only about the size of your thumb. Filter feeders of plankton Christmas Tree Worms are easily found anchored to corals and exist in tropical waters everywhere. Want to impress a friend while diving, approach them slowly and snap your fingers a few inches away from their plumes and see what happens. No need to touch - they sense the vibration and retract quickly! These ones are from Lau Lau Bay, Saipan Marine

1 comment:

Marianas Eye said...

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Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology
Marianas Eye Institute
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