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P is for Pigbutt Worm
The Pigbutt Worm, otherwise known as “Flying Buttocks” is clearly a strange one. Its Latin scientific name is Chaetopterus pugaporcinus, which means, roughly “resembling a pig’s rear.”
- The pigbutt worm is about the size of an acorn.
- It was newly discovered by scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
- It was found living in the ocean between 3,000 to 4,000 feet (900 to 1,200 meters) deep.
- Pigbutt worms have been observed floating with their mouths surrounded by a cloud of plankton-trapping mucus, which they use to capture particles of food.
- The worm has a segmented body. The middle segments are highly inflated, giving the animal a round shape.
- They are five to ten times larger than any known chaetopterid larvae.
- Scientists aren’t exactly sure what the pigbutt worm really is. Is it a very large baby worm larva, or an adult worm?
Sources for P is for Pigbutt Worm: Wikipedia
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