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Sand Mason Worm

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This worm feeds by spreading its branched tentacles and catching whatever it can. To support its tentacles it builds a tree-like structure made of glued-together sand and shell fragments. When the tide is out the worm retreats underground but the empty supporting structure remains above ground and is easily visible.

sandmason.jpgSandmason Worm    (Photo: Sue Scott)

The tree-like structure is made from glued-together sand grains. It supports the worm's feeding tentacles.

by Paul Tyler

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