Deep-wooly worm is found on the coast of Kent


17/01/2013

Bizarre sea creature found on the beach a resident of Kent, vacationing there with the child. It turned out to sea mouse - kind of sea worm that inhabits the depth of 2 meters below the sea surface. She was washed ashore during a storm.

The unusual thing was noticed by Julie Sherrard, who drew attention to a strange lump of wool, shimmering bright colors, lying in the middle of pebbles and seashells. An employee of the University, 48-year-old Julie Heath was walking along the beach near Folkestone with his 6-year-old son when she noticed the creature longer than 10 centimeters.

A lover of nature Julie said the following: "At first I thought it was some sort of heavenly creature - his hair shimmered in different colors. I’ve never seen anything like this before. It was like a dead mouse - a fluffy, very fluffy. Animal was still breathing, and that it should not have died, I decided to throw it back into the sea. I threw it into the water, and then thought with horror that in fact it might not be a sea creature. "

She added: "My son was amazed little legs animal. He asked me not to touch them, so it does not grabbed my fingers. But I just wanted to save his life."

Adult specimens of marine mice can reach a length of more than 30 centimeters and live, usually just below the intertidal zone, both on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean.

The backs of animals covered with bristles, which shimmers with red, green and blue colors, which serves as a defense mechanism in animals.

Marine blind mice and are moved by the tentacles, using small bristly veslopodobnye appendages to rummage through rotting carcasses of dead marine animals. They are hermaphroditic with functional reproductive organs of both sexes.

According to experts, sea mice often washed ashore by storm.

Original in (English.) Dailymail.co.uk Translation: M. Potter


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