One Whale of a Worm


Osedax are unusual ocean-dwelling worms that feed on the carcasses of whales and other sea creatures.(Photo credit: The Natural History Museum/Alamy)

In early 2002, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute (MBARI) were using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Tiburon to investigate deep-sea clams off Monterey Canyon. While there, they came across the skeleton of a whale that had apparently been picked clean by what seemed to be a carpet of tiny, worm-like creatures. [Read more…]