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Fire worms, also called bristle worms, are called such thanks to the poison found in the hollow hairs on their bodies. This provides protection against predators in a way similar to the irritant hairs on many caterpillar species.
I saw several of these during a night dive at Dayang Beach, Talikud Island. This one I spotted at a depth of around 10m. They look like flattened caterpillars and burrow into the sand.
Spotted on May 26, 2012
Submitted on May 28, 2012
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