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  • Writer's pictureCari Mackey

The Green Paddle Worm On The Beach.

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Worms are awesome, kinda weird, most definitely slimy, but interesting too, don't you agree? What truly is awesome is the beach out front of our Eco Resort that is alive with so many cool little creatures to learn about. So let's learn about a worm! This little one is quick to spark the curiosity because they appear at low tide - when the beach really becomes alive, they are fast, and they're squirming all over the beach. We once had a worm specialist stay with us and I asked him about these cool little worms on the beach and he told me they were "green sand worms" so, I have rolled with that description ever since. But I got to thinking (rare, I know, but it happens), that's just not quite enough to tell our guests so here we go and it's not a very wild ride. This type of worm is called a Green Paddle Worm (Phyllodoce Tuberculosa). It has a segmented body, a head at one end with two to four pairs of eyes (better Sea you with), and jaws that can be everted as they cruise the wet sand pulling in food to eat. Along their bodies are all their little paddles which they use to squirm about the surface of the sand in search of food. If you're not yet convinced these little wiggly, slimy worms are awesome, just know that they play a key role in producing oxygen so go ahead, take a deep breath, enjoy your beautiful cup of coffee and the rest of your Sunday. Thank you once again for taking the time out of your day to learn something more about our magical little place in the world and we hope you can one day join us here in Panama to see these cool little green worms in person!

Your Friends in Morrillo, Cari and Ryan Mackey Owners and Hosts Morrillo Beach Eco Resort

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