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'Zombie worms' found off Sweden.

Now, this is a fascinating story. But I am completely baffled as to why these are referred to as 'zombie' worms. They don't seem any more mindless than any other worm, and they're not noticeably undead. There's no mention of the worms' susceptibility to being controlled by some form of deep-sea witch doctor, nor do they seem to favour the brain over any other part of the whale's anatomy.

I mean, yes, they feed on dead flesh, but I'd like to introduce the people involved in naming them to this newly-coined term 'carnivorous' which more or less has that covered - possibly with the qualifier 'scavenging'.

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