CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCNDR) is trying to calm fears about a natural phenomenon that quickly became a viral internet sensation: marine worms.
As spring season brought clamworm spawning season, boaters began posting photos and videos of spawning swarms. SCNDR says that the swarms are normal, typically last only a few days, and rarely occur near shore.
According to SCDNR, the worms are harmless and play an important role in the ecosystem. They are a source of food for many marine animals and “can tell us a lot about the health of our ocean.”
After the short-lived spawning swarm, the worms die and the cycle begins again.