Bad Beauty

The European Featherduster Worm (Sabella spallanzani) is an unwanted and feral guest in our South Australian waters. For the most part they are quite unattractive, living in silty conditions and lacking the vibrant rich orange fans of its native local cousin.

Anyone who has dived recently in Westlakes waterways would attest to the ugly mess they have made. Here however in the free flowing currents under Rapid Bay jetty they do not seem to have become too prolific and this one almost looks attractive in the night time strobe light.

Still I would rather this guest gone and our native featherduster in its place.

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