There’s a worm at the bottom of the seabed and its name is Aphrodita aculeata

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A new species of sea worm has been found living in Fife.

A researcher working on a visitor survey for Scottish Natural Heritage discovered a species new to the area on the shore at Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve. It is the second new species seen at the reserve this year.

The sea mouse (Aphrodita aculeata) was found washed up on the beach after the very stormy high tides in November by Eve Schulte. This scale worm is normally found living at the bottom of the ocean where it camouflages itself from predators by moving along just below the sandy seabed and preys on other worms by sucking them out of the sand.