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Pompeii Worm
9 Pompeii Worm

The pompeii worm is the most heat tolerant animal known. It can survive at 80°C (176°F). It lives within paper like tubes and sometimes can be seen reaching its tentacle like gills out of a tube. The worm looks fuzzy, because of the symbiotic bacteria that live in filaments on it.

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1. Hydrothermal Vent 2. Vent Formation 3. Human Occupied Submersible 4. Anemone 5. Zoarcid Fish 6. Tubeworms 7. Crabs 8. Clams & Mussels 9. Pompeii Worm
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Credit: Nicolle Rager, National Science Foundation