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Vigtorniella sp. (polychaete worm)
Vigtorniella sp. (polychaete worm) found at a whale fall at Sagami Bay, Japan at a depth of 925 meters. Whale fall is the term used for a whale carcass that has fallen to the ocean floor; they were first observed in the 1980s, with the advent of deep-sea robotic exploration.
Image Credit: Yoshihiro Fujiwara/JAMSTEC
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