Spiral Poop Worm
Video courtesy of NOAA Ocean Exploration, Voyage to the Ridge 2022.
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The scientific name for this rosy acorn worm is Yoda purpurata, likely as a nod to the large “wings” sticking off the head of the animal that look a bit like the ears of the Star Wars character Yoda. This acorn worm was seen during the fourth dive of the second Voyage to the Ridge 2022 expedition. These acorn worms are deposit feeders, consuming sediment and digesting organic matter from it, filling their intestines and living a trace of fecal matter (or…poop) behind them.