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Bomb-tastic new worms

Scientists find previously unknown deep-sea species that launch bioluminescent packets

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2:05pm, August 20, 2009

Newly discovered deep-sea worms launch luminous green bombs that may distract a predator, a study in the Aug. 21 Science reports.

Remotely operated vehicles found seven new species of worms at depths around 1,900 meters and deeper off the coasts of California, Oregon and the Philippines. Cameras caught the worms, some of which were several inches long, swimming forward and backward above the ocean floor, propelled by wriggling fans of bristles.

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