Hydrothermal Worm Image Captured by Philippe Crassous (Photo)

By on Jul 22, 2011 in Amazing, Animals, Science, Weird Comments

Philippe Crassous of French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (Ifremer) was able to capture an amazing image of a hydrothermal worm, several news sites and blogs reported this week.

Hydrothermal Worm
Hydrothermal Worm Credit: FEI / Philippe Crassous

The image, as shown above, was reportedly submitted by Crassous to the 2010 FEI Owner Image Contest. It did not win the grand prize, but it was said to be one of the most popular images from the contest. The image has been featured already in Huffington Post, Red Orbit, Gizmodo and Life’s Little Mysteries.

The image was reportedly taken using an FEI Quanta SEM electron microscope with a magnification of 525X. The real width of the field in the image was said to be just 568 μm, or just 568/1000 of a millimeter.

According to reports, hydrothermal worms are deep sea creatures which can be found mostly near hydrothermal vents in the ocean.

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