These cool looking creatures are found in shallower waters around the world. We were able to see many of them at the snorkeling sites visited during our stay a the Keys Marine Lab this past week such as Koch key, Old Sweat Bank, and Long Key Point. In shallower waters it was somewhat easy to spot out Loimia medusa see neon blue, noodle-like appendages moving about on the seafloor. If you followed the tentacles back you would find the worm itself, usually somewhat tucked away among the seagrass or between corals with multiple extensions moving in different directions. Although the Spaghetti Worms that we saw in the Florida Keys had tentacles that were blue in color, there are several other colors that can be seen in these species that range from clear to orange.
I chose to look up more about these worms because of their vibrant color, and because of their mysterious look. I have been to the Florida keys many times, and I remember the first time I saw these weird squiggly things on the sea floor out of the corner of my eye. Luckily enough I was on a class trip and my professor was able to explain to me what they were and what I was seeing. Since then I always look forward to snorkeling and seeing these creatures spaghetti-like tentacles moving about the seafloor, searching for food and bringing a pop of color to the area.
|Photo Credit: Josh Voss|
|Another type of Spaghetti Worm outside of its tube.|
Photo Credit: Life Force Magazine