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Flamboyant, deep-sea worms discovered off Oregon's coast
Oregon Coast Notes - News

Sea WormWorms usually aren't that flamboyant. But in the deep sea off the Oregon coast, several newly discovered species are drawing the scientific limelight.

They are fast, agile swimmers with glistening, translucent bodies sprouting rows of bristles that work like paddles. When disturbed, they eject glowing, green blobs that probably serve as decoys to distract predators.

"Oregon is the hotbed for these guys," said co-discoverer Karen J. Osborn, a post-doctoral researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif.

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