Vent Worms Like It Hot

Some undersea worms prefer water at temperatures near the upper limit of what animals are known to survive.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM April 21, 2006

Some worms that live on deep-sea vents can stand temperatures that most other animals on Earth won't tolerate.

Now, scientists have tested these worms in the lab to find out exactly how hot the worms like it to be. It turns out that the worms prefer water at temperatures near the upper limit of what animals are known to survive.

Orange, feathery gills mark the heads of heat-loving worms that live on vents at depths of 2,200 meters off the coast of Washington State.

Orange, feathery gills mark the heads of heat-loving worms that live on vents at depths of 2,200 meters off the coast of Washington State.

Image courtesy of Ian McDonal...

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