Looking to ID 2 critters, night dive, worm and copepods ?, Bahamas

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Zeke XA3

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Good day all,

Im trying to ID what looked like a worm hanging on to a bit of coral, about 3 inches long at 40 feet deep and what all the little things running around in the dive torch where during my dive. I got so annoyed at them by the end i became a mass murderer and fed loads of the them to any Basket starts i found by shining my light near it and watching the slaughter!

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Video of mass murder here - imgur.com (cant embed for some reason??)

Thanks
 

T.C.

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Bloodworms.

They're little polychaete worms that wiggle up from the sand and mob any light source.

The red worm is a Bearded Fireworm, a bristle worm. Those white bristles are sharp, will penetrate your skin, inject a toxin and break off in your skin. Don't touch!
 

gwklein

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The first image is a fireworm It often feeds on the gorgonian.
 
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Zeke XA3

Zeke XA3

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Awesome guys thanks for the quick responses! im off to read up on both these guys
 

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