Watch Out - These Sea Worms Eject Glowing Green 'Bombs'

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Just when we think we have seen it all, nature comes up with yet another amazing surprise. This time it is in the form of tiny seaworms that eject glowing green 'bombs'.

The worms, which have been named 'Swima bombiviridis' or swimming green bombs, are tiny creatures, ranging from 0.7 to 3.6 inches long. Their bodies are completely transparent and they have tiny centipede-like bristles that they use to paddle themselves across the ocean.

However, their most interesting feature is the tiny green glowing attachments or 'bombs', which they drop one at a time or in pairs. The bombs illuminate the dark seas for a few seconds before dying out.

While not sure, scientists believe that the sea worms use this technique to distract potential predators in order to quietly sneak away. A fully-grown worm can carry up to eight 'bombs', which regenerate immediately, so that there is always some ammunition available.

While not rare, these worms are difficult to track because they live between 5,000 to 12,000 feet below the surface of the ocean, an area that has not been very well explored yet. In fact, the scientists at San Diego's Scripps University, who were responsible for this find, believe that there are still thousands of species of marine life, yet to be discovered.

soures: nationalgeographic, dailymail.com.uk

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