Nature is the coolest
These little guys can withstand the hottest temperatures of any known animal–up to 176℉!
Named after the submersible #HOVAlvin and the doomed Roman city of Pompeii, Alvinella pompejana or “Pompeii worms” have a thick layer of bacteria-covered “hair” on their backs, which provides insulation from extreme temperatures. They live in paper-thin tubes, with their tails resting in nearly-boiling hydrothermal vent fluid, while their feathery heads stick out into much cooler seawater. The hair bacteria feed on mucus secreted by the worms–a nice symbiotic relationship for fellow extremophiles! #WeirdWednesday #smallbutmighty
Photo by Irene Garcia-Berdeal © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution #WHOI