The weird and wonderful world of sea worms

CC BY-NC 3.0 Alexander Semenov

We don't typically think of worms as creatures of great beauty, but a series of photographs by zoologist Alexander Semenov may make you see their allure. Or they may give you nightmares.

Semenov is known for his photography of sea life, which he studies at the White Sea Biological Station in Northern Russia. Colossal reports that the recent series of worm photos were taken either at his home facility or at the Lizard Island Research Station in Australia.

Perhaps the most striking thing about the marine worms, known as polychaetes, is their amazing arrays of color. Semenov sets these creatues against black backgrounds, further enhancing the worms' unearthly qualities.

"Some of them were collected recently and they are still undescribed," writes Semenov. "It's only a drop in the whole diversity of polychaetes."

The weird and wonderful world of sea worms
Photographer Alexander Semenov captures the peculiar beauty of polychates.