Gulf of Mexico Ice Worms
g.read at niwa.cri.nz
Thu Aug 14 21:03:38 EST 1997
I mentioned ...
> ... Also there is an article in the
> latest New Scientist (9 August 1997. Vol. 155 No. 2094).
This issue has just arrived down under. It has the same photo as the web
site, but there are a few more snippets of information:
'Lair of the ice worms' (by Stephanie Pain), p19
[ice surface] "etched with dimples ... like the outside of a beehive, with
a worm in each dimple."
" ... [worms] appear to be a new species belonging to a group called the
HESIONIDS, Fisher says. [...] between 2 and 5 centimetres long, look like
typical polychaetes, with a row of bristly 'feet' along each side. A
haemoglobin-type molecule in their blood gives their bodies a pinkish
colour, and their bristles are white."
"[... found right through the ice ] The burrow system appears to be quite
extensive [Ian MacDonald says]."
(Worms are PINK. Is the band of BLUEish things in the top of the photo
something significant or just part of the substratum?)
Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>
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