Scientists unveil the squidworm, a newly discovered species
Scientists with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography last week published photographs and information of a newly discovered species found in the Celebes Sea between Indonesia and the Philippines: the squidworm. Pale, shimmering and more elegant than its name would imply, the palm-size creature swims upright, navigating by moving two body-length rows of thin, paddle-shaped protrusions. Teuthidodrilus samae was discovered in October 2007 by a remotely operated vehicle in the deepest reaches of the Celebes. In a paper published in the journal Biology Letters last week, the scientists said the squidworm could represent a transitional species between those that live in the mud on the deep-sea floor and those that live entirely in the water.