No, we're not describing some 80s horror B-movie.
A "bone worm" or "zombie worm" is a worm in the genus Osedax that uses bone melting acid to eat the skeletons of water mammals!!
Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have been studying how the worms use their bone destroying acid to get at the delicious nutrients inside.
A researcher said:
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Finding weird animals is always fun and exciting, but when the discoveries that were made in 2012 include fish with penis heads and tulips with digestive systems, then we instantly become a lot more intrigued!!
The most bizarre discoveries of this year are:
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