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Spotted these and the taddies, but hard to take the pic over the water...

 

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Paul.

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59 minutes ago, CMunzel said:

What sort of critters are these, Paul. They're pink striped worms? 

 

I believe these are tubifex worms, sometimes called a sludge worm, which feels right at home in murky waters of ponds and lakes. This unusual worm buries its head in the mud, leaving its tail free to wave in the water. It feeds on dead plant and animal matter. This worm requires very little oxygen to live, and when oxygen is low, it thrashes its tail as a method of getting oxygen from the water. These worms are commonly an indicator of polluted waters and high population indicate organic pollution. They are beneficial because they consume large amounts of mud and filter out organic refuse.

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