Life – Timelapse of swarming monster worms and sea stars – BBC One
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Life – Timelapse of swarming monster worms and sea stars – BBC One

August 26, 2019

In McMurdo Sound life flourishes The creatures here grow extremely slowly but that does mean they can reach a great age and great size and they occur in surprisingly large numbers Three meter long carnivorous nemertean worms, red sea stars and urchins carpet the sea floor This monster worm will eat almost anything and is constantly scanning the sea floor for food Animals are swarming here in such numbers because of this: a dead seal pup Such a great quantity of food may only arrive once in 10 years, but the seal’s body won’t be easy to eat Nemerteans have a snout like a harpoon that enables them to puncture the skin of the corpse It’s harder work for the sea stars. They feed by pushing out their stomachs through their mouths as this sea star presses its stomach against the seal’s skin it secretes digestive juices that dissolve the seal’s tissue But that takes time These scavengers will feed here throughout the summer until all that remains of the seal will be a skeleton stripped bare

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  1. Yeah just worms going in throught the seals eyesocket, yep, good, nothing nasty here.

    1 ticket to Nope town please.

  2. I wanted to watch this documentary on LSD to enjoy ocean life and when this came on I swear I have never been more scared in my entire life. Showered for 2 hours and me and my girl ended up breaking up

  3. how to teach someone who doesn't like wiggly things to swim: put enough weights just enough for them to sink slowly on them, then throw them in here. If they don't learn to at least doggy paddle, somebody's gonna have a bad day.

  4. look at everything in nature as balance and cleanup…all dead life can be recycled by animals.

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