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How Giant Tube Worms Survive at Hydrothermal Vents

Episode 3 | 10m 20s | Video has closed captioning.

In this episode, Ed talks to Colleen Cavanaugh and finds out how the tubeworm can live in complete darkness and, more curiously, without even having a mouth or anus. In a process called chemosynthesis, symbiotic bacteria inside the tubeworm use hydrogen sulfide spewed from the vents as an energy source for themselves and for the worms.

Aired: 01/25/18

Rating: NR


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