Pompeii Worm- Alvinella pompejana
Size: 15 cm Depth: 2600-2850 m
This spectacular worm is the only creature in the world that can live in water temperatures of up to 80 degrees Celsius. The Pompeii Worm lives on walls of active ‘chimneys’ of hydrothermal vents in the depths of the oceans. These chimneys regularly collapse under their own weight, destroying networks of organic tubes that are created by these worms.
No one quite knows how this worm survives in such extreme conditions, although it is believed that white bacterial filaments surrounding the worm help neutralise any chemical pollution in the water, helping it to thrive.