Sulphur-powered giant shipworm unearthed in Philippines
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An enormous black worm that lives in the mud of the sea floor and survives on the remnants of noxious gases digested by bacteria has been unveiled by scientists for the first time. The slimy giant shipworm can grow up to 155 centimetres (five feet) in length, despite living a sedentary life in ocean sediment and apparently eating nothing more than the waste products of the micro-organisms that live in its gills. The discovery of the giant shipworm, a species never before studied, marked the first time scientists had live specimens in hand, according to an article published this week in American journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences".
Sulphur-powered giant shipworm unearthed in Philippines. (2017, April 21-22). BusinessWorld, p. S3/5.
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