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Riftia Worms: One Species at a Time

Tube worms called riftia occupy a deep-sea vent

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In this episode of the Podcast of Life, host Ari Daniel Shapiro dives deep to discover a white worm as tall as your refrigerator that breathes through bright red feathery "lips." This isn’t a creature from outer space. Meet Riftia, a tube worm that lives in deep-sea vents, and learn the surprising lessons this denizen of the abyss is teaching scientists about life on Earth.

Encyclopedia of Life and Atlantic Public Media