Ice Cream Cone Worm Tube

May 4, 2014

My beachcombing this evening led me to an uncommon find, the tube of the trumpet or ice cream cone worm.  These worms are marine polychaetes that build tubes using grains of sand and the tubes resemble ice cream cones or trumpets.  They are delicate structures and often break up in waves as they wash onto the beach.  I found this whole one tonight nestled in among shells.

 

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