An aggregation of methane ice worms inhabiting a white methane hydrate. Studies
suggest that these worms eat chemoautotrophic bacteria that are living off
chemicals in the hydrate. Ice worms are probably Hesiocaeca methanicola.
Image ID: expl8299, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome
Photo Date: 2012 April 12
Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2012 Expedition
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