The underwater robot found live pompones at the bottom of the Gulf of California

The underwater robot found live pompones at the bottom of the Gulf of California

During an expedition to the Gulf of California in Mexico, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute observed something similar to the little pompomas on the seabed, further genetic analysis showed that it was a new member of the spaghetti worm family, Biremis.

This ragged type of worm was previously found only in the Bahamas. Biremis is an unusual family of spaghetti worms. They are named because of their large tentacles, which are used to collect pieces of food. But Biremis has neither eyes nor gills, nor is there visible brushes or brushes along the segments of the body. It is also unusual for his tentacles to be ploughed, thus giving him the appearance of a pompom, which has attracted the attention of researchers.

The species found lives at a depth of about 2,000 metres underwater, and, like other spaghetti worms, Biremis lives at the bottom of the ocean.

Free swimming allows the worm to move easily and to find new feeding sites. Biremis uses his abundance of non-inflexible tentacles to collect particles from the seabed. If you look closely at the video, you can see the trace left by animals in the mud.

The use of autonomous submarines helps scientists document and explore new species of animals, researchers from Monterey Bay point out that they have made more than 6,000 deep-sea dives, but every time they sink into the depths, they learn something new, and from time to time they find animals that put scientists in a dead end.