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New Worm Species Discovered With Eyes In Its Bum

This is a worm that can really see through your sh*t... and its own.

The tiny worm species, which measures just four millimetres in length, was discovered off the coast of Scotland, during a survey of the West Shetland Shelf Marine Protected Area.

A team from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), Marine Scotland Science (MSS) and Thomson Environmental Consultants found the tiny creature at the bottom of the ocean.

It's been given the scientific name Ampharete oculicirrata.

Photo: National Museums Scotland

"This species is characterised by a very small body size, thin and slender paleae, twelve thoracic and eleven abdominal uncinigers, presence of eyes both in the prostomium and the pygidium, the latter provided with a pair of long lateral cirri," the researchers said

And for those of you that missed the main point in all those words, it's the eyes that have people talking.

Because this worm has eyes in its head and in its bum.

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“This new species is an exciting and interesting addition to the work we do in Marine Protected Areas," said Jessica Taylor, Marine Evidence Advisor from JNCC.

"The fact that it was found in relatively shallow depths, relatively close to the Scottish coastline, shows just how much more there is to understand about the creatures that live in our waters."

The Ampharete oculicirrata is not the only creature on this planet with eyes in its behind. The Japanese swallowtail butterfly also has the ability to see out of its bum.

The worm, taken from the deep depths of the North Atlantic Ocean, is now on show at the National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh.