The ocean is one of the main attractions in human lives all around the world.There are literally thousands of amazing aquatic species living and coexisting underwater.And one of them is Christmas tree worm – a marine species with the magic beauty make a marine Xmas.
Do forget everything you think you knew about worms – far from the pallid, slimy and supremely unassuming critters most often seen after it rains or on the end of a fishhook, Christmas tree worms are one of the true visual wonders!
They lives in tropical oceans, not tannenbaums, embedding itself in coral reefs and growing bizarre, colorful structures that sort of resemble a Whoville Christmas tree — hence the name.
They come in a plethora of different colors, including orange, yellow, blue, and white.
Because these small, adorable creatures are easily spooked, they can quickly retreat into the coral if they feel threatened in any way.
Each Christmas tree worm possesses two strikingly colorful spiral structures, called prostomial palps, and those covering colorful tentacles are of great use.They extend their tentacles to filter any minute food floating by and intercept as much as essential oxygen to breathe.And this make them look exactly like decorated firs for Christmas.
They are recognised as sea worms, but they actually don’t move around like any other worm. Instead, they simply sway with the movement of water and waiting for food to come up to them.Once these cute tiny creatures are spooked by any threats from the outside, they could easily retreat back into the tunnels shelters on coral.
According to the Encyclopedia of Life, these creatures can live from a decade up to 40 years all around the world.That’s a good thing too, because this stunning creatures are well-worth our appreciation year-round — like perfect lasting Christmas presents for our awestruck eyes.
Tree worms are nothing new for true ocean aficionados. They are a huge attraction for undersea divers all over the Caribbean, in particular.
Would you want to visit a coral reef with sea trees like these?