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IN Animals ON 07 Dec, 2015
Christmas is here. And while everyone is soaking in this amazing sense of festivity, these creatures are doing what they do on a daily basis- being the most unintentionally festive creatures on the planet!
We are talking about the creature who look like a Christmas tree itself (can’t get more festive than this), the Christmas worm. Spirobranchus giganteus are tube-building polychaete worms belonging to the family Serpulidae. Too scientific but too cute!
Yeah so let's do some more science. Those beautiful blue crown type things are called Radioles which are hair-like appendages that stem from the spine.
The crown sure looks beautiful, but they aren't just some showpieces. They serve a very practical purpose.
These appendages are used by the worm for breathing and for catching prey. Now, what can be more practical and more important than that right?
So what do these adorable little Christmas worms eat? Their dinner is called phytoplankton.
Okay so this worm might be really cute and adorable but it is as lazy as a sloth. They lead a pretty sedentary life.
Once the worm finds its home, it never leaves. It burrows into a coral and makes itself at home.
Why does it burrow itself in a coral you ask? Well obviously so that it can hide in the reef as soon as it senses an evil predator.
Okay so now that we are done discussing all the boring science stuff, let's just take a minute to acknowledge the sheer beauty of this tiny little creature. Actually.. it'll take more than just a minute!
These worms bring the Christmas party to the ocean floor and serve as cool underwater Christmas trees. After all, why shouldn't the fishes get their gifts? It's Christmas!
Now that we are drawing towards the end, there's just one thing left to say, have a blast!