posted on Dec, 26 2006 @ 05:25 AM
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.
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.
If I didn't know better, I'd probably think they were an alien species!!