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A Squidworm

Much talk in the news now and then about species possibly disappearing from the Earth. Fewer words about those appearing.

Like this one.

Called a squidworm, it recently was discovered in the depths of the Celebes Sea between Indonesia and the Philippines.

It is nearly 4 inches long (nearly 10 cm.) and moves through the water vertically by paddling rhythmically with the wispy wands that protrude in body-length rows.

Good thing it lives way down deep. Otherwise, Japanese factory ships would be harvesting it by the ton to sell as a dining delicacy in Tokyo's sushi bars.

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-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo credit: Laurence Madin / AFP-Getty Images

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Ho Ho Ho, because Japanese people eat strange things right? I get it! You are so clever!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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