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Monday, June 29, 2009


Sunila Sen Gupta from Switzerland sent us this:

Uknown life form lives in sewers. Notice the retraction of a stiff nail-like object from the third and last creature from the seam in the pipe.


Retrieverman said...

I looks like a land snail that has been caught in a crack. Somehow, it's produced so much slime trying to get out that it's gumming up all over it.

Retrieverman said...

These are aestivating land snails that have just woken up.

Land snails often cover themselves with a secretion that dries on contact with the air. Some species of land snail can spend three years in that cocoon.

C-E C said...

No idea but whatever it is, it's DISGUSTING!


Retrieverman said...

Maybe bryozoan?

I would be surprised to find three in one spot, though.

FrankAlways said...

Ed Buchan, environmental coordinator at the Raleigh Public Utilities Department, said staff biologists have confirmed that the "creature" is actually a colony of tubifex worms. The colonies attach themselves to roots that gradually work themselves into weak points in the pipes.

"They seem to respond to the light from the camera," Buchan said. "That light is pretty hot."

The worms naturally occur in sewage and pond sediment and are actually sold both live and dried as fish food in pet stores.