Beautiful Underwater Worms

Beautiful Underwater Worms

By Lorenzo Terraneo

Beautiful Worms Part I | Sabella spallanzanii

Lorenzo Terraneo Worm Tube
Out of all the Mediterranean subjects that I love to shoot, there are some very particular marine worms that resemble colorful flowers. The part of the worm that normally stays hidden in the protective tube that they build is hardly appealing because it has the classic shape of a worm. © Lorenzo Terraneo 2021


Lorenzo Terraneo Feathers

In the cephalic zone, on the other hand, they are provided with thread-like gills covered in cilia and mucous glands (whose purpose is to entangle the food particles), the higher part of the cephalic zone is the one we can see and shoot. © Lorenzo Terraneo 2021

Lorenzo Terraneo Blue and Yellow Gills
The shapes that the gills, made up of long and colorful threads, assume following the sea current are always different. © Lorenzo Terraneo 2021
Lorenzo Terraneo Blue Gills
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Lorenzo Terraneo Spyrograph

The “spyrograph” or Sabella Spallanzani, owes its Italian name to the concentric spiral shape of the gills, on which it is interesting to play with lights, background color, diaphragm and camera angles.  © Lorenzo Terraneo 2021 

Lorenzo Terraneo Spyrographs
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Lorenzo Terraneo Pink Organism

The tube can reach relevant length, up to 20-25 cm, and usually if you look closely you can find other organisms (smaller) that climb on it to hunt better or to hide. © Lorenzo Terraneo 2021


Lorenzo Terraneo Fish

You can also find parasites that colonize the tube awaiting the passage of a fish they can grab onto. © Lorenzo Terraneo 2021 


Beautiful Worms Part II | Serpula vermicularis protula tubularia

Lorenzo Terraneo Tube

Another marine Mediterranean worm of great peculiarity and beauty is without a doubt the Serpula vermicularis protula tubularia. It has smaller dimensions compared to the Sabella Spallanzanii, so it is more difficult to isolate in pictures from the substrate it has built its tube on. © Lorenzo Terraneo 2021

Lorenzo Terraneo Serpula Gills
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Lorenzo Terraneo Serpula

Also, it is perhaps even faster in retiring than Sabella Spallanzanii in the protective tube when it perceives the slightest movement. © Lorenzo Terraneo 2021


Lorenzo Terraneo Pink Serpula

The trick is to get closer really slowly and to hope that the identified animal is distracted and is not going to react instantly, so we can have the possibility of taking a few shots. © Lorenzo Terraneo 2021


Lorenzo Terraneo Orange Serpula

The Serpula Vermiculariis has a bright red colour, but it can also be yellow or orange. The “Protulatubolaria,” the littlest of all, normally withdraws in its tube at the first camera flash if it hasn’t done so already while the photographer attempts to move closer. © 2021 Lorenzo Terraneo


Lorenzo Terraneo Withdraw

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Lorenzo Terraneo Ikelite AmbassadorAmbassador Lorenzo Terraneo, from Milan, Italy, works in the world of communication and web marketing and is a journalist enrolled in the Register. In 2010, he joined a strong passion for the sea and diving with one for photography that has accompanied him since his first analog Nikon SLR. Passionate about marine and terrestrial biology, he is always looking to recreate the magical meeting between the wonders of nature and human emotions aroused by unusual shapes and colors. Therefore, not naturalistic photos in the strict sense, but moments of artistic beauty according to the human canon, which nature expresses incessantly. Read more...


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