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It has been suggested that life originated at hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, also called "black smokers". These occur at plate boundaries and hot spots, spewing hot water and are generally inhospitable to life. However, some extreme organisms live there today, and it is thought that life could have originated near hydrothermal vents on the surface of iron sulfide minerals.

While these environments potentially have much to tell us about life's history, they harbor many current day mysteries as well. With water reaching up to 400C at depths completely devoid of sunlight, they do not seem like very hospitable places to live. Yet with an abundance of chemosynthetic bacteria in place of photosynthetic organisms, communities are able to form.

This plush is a scale worm, a bright pink worm that thrives near hydrothermal vents. For this, they are considered extremophiles.

Phylum: Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order: Phyllodocida
Family: Polynoidae


This scale worm is made of fleece, felt, and is stuffed with polyfil. Created with a combination of hand and machine sewing.

This is my own original design, I have no pattern.

The worm measures 7.5" (19cm) long.

The last photo shows other hydrothermal vent creatures available.


My soft sculptures are not suitable for children 12 and under due to delicate parts. This would do best as a display piece.

*Attention NEW YORK STATE residents*
Please wait for a revised invoice so I may include the sales tax. In NY sales tax is different for each county so it can't be done automatically in paypal.

Hydrothermal Vent Scale Worm plush soft sculpture


  • Materials: fleece, felt, polyfil
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Favorited by: 2 people