“UCSD discovers ‘Elvis worms’ that sparkle like the late singer’s sequins”


“The index-finger long creatures were found in the eastern Pacific, and one species is a biter and fighter

“Remember how the sequins on Elvis Presley’s jumpsuits sparkled when they were hit by a spotlight?

“There are iridescent worms in the deep ocean that put on a similar light show, and it turns out they are more diverse and rowdy than scientists once knew.

“UC San Diego researchers have discovered four new species of scale worms — creatures also known as “Elvis worms” due to the way that light reflects off their overlapping scales.

“The worms were found in numerous places throughout the eastern Pacific Ocean, some in depths that exceeded 10,000 feet…”


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