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Film solves mystery of sleepwalking coral

12:20pm, January 12, 2001

Was coral ecologist John R. M. Chisholm losing his mind? Lumps of coral, with the ambulatory power of your average rock, somehow kept changing places in his aquarium overnight.

Chisholm, of Centre Scientifique de Monaco in Monaco, can now rest assured of his sanity. After a series of frustations, Chisholm and filmmaker Russell Kelley have finally captured infrared images of a bootlace-size eunicid worm poking out of a rock, yanking lumps of coral back to its fortress, and gluing them in place.

"This is the first time to our knowledge anybody's seen this," Chisholm says. He and Kelley, from Watermark Films in Townsville, Australia, desc

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