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Swarming monster worms and sea stars

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Join massive, ancient carnivores for a rare feast beneath the Antarctic ice

While Antarctic ice may look barren from above, creatures such as sea stars, sea urchins and nemertine worms flourish in the waters below. In this eerie time-lapse from the BBC’s ‘Life Story’ series, colourful bottom-dwellers swarm to seize upon a rare ocean-floor feast.

Narrator: David Attenborough

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