So… a “new life form” was discovered in the sewers of Raleigh, North Carolina recently:
Freaky lookin’, no? Although it looks like something out of the Alien films, they are actually run of the mill worms.
According to Dr. Timothy S. Wood, they’re really just “clumps of annelid worms, almost certainly tubificids”. He further states that they “[normally] occur in soil and sediment, especially at the bottom and edges of polluted streams. In the photo [sic] 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”.
Much thanks to this site for the tip.