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These white tubes are commonly seen attached to any hard surface on the shore - stones, shells and even pieces of wood. They are made by a small marine worm which lives inside and creates more chalky tube as the worm grows bigger. When the tide is in the worm extends a crown of tentacles which act like a net to catch passing food particles. These can be withdrawn instantly if disturbed, and a small chalky door blocks the entrance to keep out intruders and prevent the worm from drying out at low tide.

keelworm on razor shell.jpgKeelworms on Razorshell    (Photo: Paul Tyler)

Keelworms can grow on any suitable hard surface, including old sea shells.

by Paul Tyler

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