bone-eating snot-flower

image of Osedax mucofloris, a new species of deepsea wormThat’s roughly what Osedax mucofloris means. It’s a new species of “zombie worm” that feeds on whale-fall (which may be the most self-explanatory piece of bioscience jargon ever). O. mucofloris was discovered on a “planted” whale carcass in the shallow North Atlantic, near Sweden, by a collaborative research team from the Natural History Museum, Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory and the University of Hawaii. Its only known relatives hail from whale carcasses in the deep (1500