Ice Cream Cone Worm Tube

May 5, 2014

My beachcombing this evening led me to an uncommon find, the tube of the trumpet or ice cream cone worm.  These worms are marine polychaetes that build tubes using grains of sand and the tubes resemble ice cream cones or trumpets.  They are delicate structures and often break up in waves as they wash onto the beach.  I found this whole one tonight nestled in among shells.

  • Tony Pratt is the administrator of the Shoreline and Waterway Management Section of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. He is a scientist and naturalist, well versed in nature study.

    Pratt is a lifelong photographer who has worked closely with Kevin Fleming since 2007. His interests in photography range from wildlife and landscapes to portraiture work.

    His photography can be seen at and at the Kevin Fleming and Friends Gallery, 239 Rehoboth Ave. in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.