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Scientists found this glassy planktonic worm in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica. A relative of earthworms, it uses its red-tipped swimming paddles to swim through the water in serpentine curves, hunting smaller animals. (Photo by Larry Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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