Tubeworms noticed and collected while studying a shipwreck suspect to hide toxic and radioactive waste and turned to be the piroscafo CATANIA, sunk in 1917.
This has been a rare opportunity to see in the Mediterranean Sea invertebrates living on a bathyal hard substratum. Utilizing an old chair and other material available on board the survey ship MARE OCEANO, the crew prepared a basket suitable to be utilized by an arm of the work class remotely operated vehicle to bring at the surface a sample. The animals congregate in many parts of the shipwreck, these ones lives close to the bow. Now under investigation, this tubeworm appears to be a new species for science and their endobacteria lives on a source of energy to be clarified.