Spoopyworm

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Splitting from the Soopierworms, the Spoopyworm is acutely adapted for the crushing pressures, perpetual darkness, and relative lack of nutrients of the deep.

The Spoopyworm is a placid fauna, lazily hovering above the deep oceanic substrate whilst feeding on whatever organic matter is available. With contrast to the nutrient-rich waters its more active ancestral stock dwell in, there’s relatively little nutrient availability where the Spoopyworm is found, thus there’s little impetus to constantly exert much energy much of the time.

There is however a significant occasional exception to this: the carcass of a much larger seafaring critter (like a Cormorad) may drift deep enough down into Spoopyworm territory. The twin rings of chemoreceptive setae lining the mouth pick up signals of the corpse’s presence, and suddenly all the worms in the area kick activity into overdrive. Dozens of wriggling Spoopyworms convene on this bounty and promptly dig in; utilizing a ring of hard, tooth-like projections rimming the mouth, Spoopyworms can tear off decent chunks of this rare banquet. Due to their low metabolisms, Spoopyworms can afford to grow somewhat bigger to store the surplus energy and nutrients after such a meal, capable of going on weeks or even months without another sizable feeding.

The fall of a large corpse can also prompt Spoopyworms to mate, being one of the select few instances of multiple such worms congregating in such a density. After the release of gametes, eggs settle into the substrate, hatching into tiny larvae which gorge on marine snow and the select few plankton available.

As a result of living many generations in the darkness, Spoopyworms have become blind.