Some Polychaetes can be fierce predators when they become adults.

Scroll down to see what unpleasant surprise awaits a victim when he comes near this fellow.

 
  The 'jaws' of this Rag worm (Nereis ) can be protruded to snatch prey. This portrait also shows the many appendages Polychaetes grow around the mouth opening. A variety of antennae, palps and eyes can be found on the many species that inhabit the sea shores.

Polychaetes are not difficult to find. Their larva can be caught with a plankton net. The adults can be found in the mud or under stones in tide pools.

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