PHOTOS: New "Green Bomber" Sea Worms Fire Glowing Blobs

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The glowing bombs are attached to the newfound worms' bodies like appendages. A fully armed worm carries eight bombs. "When you harass them, they will drop one or two, at most, at a time," marine biologist Karen Osborn said.

Once a bomb is dropped, a new bomb grows in its place, she added.

The glowing bombs may be an adaptation to life in the open water.

"Predators are often homing in on luminous organisms, and so if you throw off a [bright] blob to divert the predator's attention, then the main animal escapes in the dark," said Whitman College's Paul Yancey.
—Image courtesy Karen Osborn
 
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