Weird Creatures From the Deep
A massive census of the oceans has turned up a trove of strange marine wildlife, from jellyfish to octopuses to anemones
- By Jess Righthand
- Smithsonian.com, August 06, 2010
The word “osedax,” Latin for “bone-eating,” is an apt description of this whale-carcass dweller; Osedax roseus, known as the zombie worm, inhabits and feeds on whale bones. Each female has dozens of dwarf male zombie worms living inside a gelatinous tube that surrounds her body. Flatworms such as these are just one of the 33,000 known species in Japanese waters.