Christmas Tree Worms by Avani Patel
Belonging to the group of tube worms, these brightly-coloured Christmas tree worms Spirobranchus sp. have been photographed in the shallow waters of Lakshadweep. Like others in their family, they are filter feeders with an elaborate apparatus consisting of innumerable, tiny gills. Tube worms are extremely shy creatures, retreating into their protective tubes at the slightest hint of danger.