giant tubeworms

Some of Earth's oddest creatures live around deep-sea hydrothermal (hot water) vents. These vents spew plumes of hot, mineral-rich water from cracks in the ocean floor. Life here must endure intense pressure, extreme heat, and harsh chemicals. One of the most exotic animals here is the giant tubeworm. Waving in the water, giant tubeworms grow in clusters around the vents.

Image credits: main image, courtesy of NOAA.