Deep-Sea Mouse


This bizarre creature from the deep was found washed up on a Kent beach by a mother – who threw it straight back to try and save its life. The Sea Mouse, a type of marine worm normally found up to 6,600ft below the surface, had been flung ashore in a storm. It was spotted by keen-eyed Julie Sherrard who saw its strange thick coat of brightly-colored hair among the pebbles and shells… Their backs are covered with bristles which usually have a red sheen but flush green and blue in a remarkable defense mechanism. They are blind and find their way with feelers using small bristly paddle-like appendages, burrowing for dead and decaying bodies of other sea creatures. They are hermaphroditic with functional reproductive organs of both sexes found in the same individual and are often washed ashore after storms.” w/ photos

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