Above image: This may look like a gruesome monster from the latest sci-fi event movie, but it is in fact a real creature. No need to panic, though, as the hydrothermal worm is so tiny it requires a powerful microscope to see it. The organism, only slightly larger than a bacterium, lives in deep sea near hydrothermal vents that spew hot water from beneath the Earth’s crust. The striking image, captured by Phillippe Crassous, is one of a gallery of minute wonders taken using FEI scanning electron microscope equipment.
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