Puking Before Noon: Alien worm-ball edition

Check out the video, y’all. It was taken in a sewer in North Carolina somewhere, and it appears to show the end of the world. (Yes, I believe the end of the world will involve gelatinous lumps pulsating in the dark.)
I noticed this on a couple sites yesterday, and the general consensus seemed to be that it was either the product of film students with too much time on their hands or part of some sort of viral marketing campaign. (What was being marketed? Possibly horror.)
But today, it looks like some folks who are more informed than your average comment board dude (whaaaat?) have chimed in, and it seems that the nightmare is all too real. According to Deepseanews (via Gizmodo—I couldn’t get the link to the original site to work) what we’re looking at “are clumps of annelid worms, almost certainly tubificids (Naididae, probably genus Tubifex).”
The Deapseanews expert elaborates:

“Normally these occur in soil and sediment, especially at the bottom and edges of polluted streams. In the photo they have apparently entered a pipeline somehow, and in the absence of soil they are coiling around each other. The contractions you see are the result of a single worm contracting and then stimulating all the others to do the same almost simultaneously, so it looks like a single big muscle contracting.”

So there you go. They’re alien worm-balls. (“Alien” here being used in the sense of “unfamiliar” or “strange,” rather than “from another planet.”)
The more you know, right? The more you know, the better you understand that you need to stay out of North Carolina sewers unless you’re carrying a flamethrower, or, like, a proton pack.


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JGordon says:

This site includes the official explanation from Raleigh, NC, (slime mold) as well as the one above, and yet another saying that the blobs are bryzoans.

Multiple explanations? Smells like a conspiracy to me. These are for sure alien spores. Prepare yourselves.

posted on Thu, 07/02/2009 - 12:16pm
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Liza says:

Man, didn't I tell you? I knew that nasty thing was a slime mold...

posted on Thu, 07/02/2009 - 1:33pm
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curious says:

ugh, that thing is very disgusting. i hope the filmer got paid a worthy amount of money to shoot it. i've seen bryzoans and they are very tiny...must be millions together if going to make such a large blob. ugh...

posted on Thu, 07/02/2009 - 4:10pm

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