Weird, Wonderful Creatures Living by Methane Vents. Photographed For The First Time!!

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posted on Dec, 26 2006 @ 05:25 AM
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Have a look at these beautiful creatures which have been photographed for the first time, living in the harshest of environments.


Vestimentiferan worms - a type of tube worm widely
seen at the methane seeps - were sampled from the
"Builder's Pencil" site. Builder’s Pencil, which covers
180,000 square metres, is one of the largest seep
sites in the world.
(Image: NOAA/NIWA)



The deep-sea communities live around methane seeps off New Zealand’s eastern coast, up to 1 kilometre beneath the sea surface. The team of 21 researchers from the US and New Zealand, spent two weeks exploring the area.


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If I didn't know better, I'd probably think they were an alien species!!






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