The deep sea is still the most unexplored region of our planet. Some say we've seen 1% or less of it. So it comes as little surprise that we keep finding new things to astonish us!
Making headlines this week is the "green bomber" worm -- a species that's been collected right here in Monterey Bay's submarine canyon - a place where Halloween seems twee and outdated, and where some of the world's strangest and most ghoulish hang out.
The worm has an interesting strategy to escape its predators: It releases bioluminescent green bombs to send the hunter off on a wild green-bomb gooseberry chase. It's not the first time Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) scientists studying deep sea life have seen this kind of body-ditching action, but the green element adds a new dimension.
Not to be outdone, another member of the marine worm family gained attention this week. The sandcastle worm builds its own home (castle) by gluing sand together. Now scientists are excited about the prospects of imitating this technique to make a glue that can bind and repair human bones -- presumably not in the superglue kind of way!
Once again, nature has the answers. Another reason for us to keep fighting to save our oceans before we lose precious species not yet accounted for.