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Species of bone eating worms discovered

Date: 17 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A new species of bone-eating worm has been discovered by scientists in the Gulf of Mexico during investigation into the deep ocean's ecosystem.
  • The worm, which has yet to be named, is the first of its kind found in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The species was discovered when it crawled on the corpse of an alligator on the ocean floor and completely consumed its soft tissue within 51 days.
  • The deep-sea creature belongs to the Osedax family, a genus of deep-sea boneworms, and was a new species native to the Gulf of Mexico.