In those dark places
There are non-adventurous souls out there who will tell you that there are certain things that we are better off not knowing. What goes into hot dogs? What do your bed sheets look like when you magnify them 1,000 times? What’s all the fuss about the unknown life form in a North Carolina sewer?
Myself, I’m the curious type. However, my father once told me that I shouldn’t stick my hand into spaces that I can’t see. He was referring to the space under his workbench, away from the light. Those dark corners where all manner of foul beasts lurk. Some that poison, some that suck the lifeblood from the body, others that lay eggs in the spinal fluid and take up residence inside the brain. Where, of course, they control the action. Their first course of action would be to force me to take out fast cash and online loans in amounts greater than what I need. Because that’s how evil creatures of the deep dark roll.
Fine, fine, I may be stretching the truth a bit, but here’s something that was recently discovered in a Cameron Village sewer underneath Raleigh, North Carolina. A routine inspection of the pipes via a video camera on the end of a drain snake (hissss!) discovered a strange life form that so far has not been definitively identified. What is it? WHAT… IS… IT?!!!
Squirming, sliding, they’re outta to getcha
As your gracious servant, I have included the video footage below. Take a look when the camera closes in and see what you think – if you can bare to look at all! Mwuh-ha-HAAA! It looks like something out of a science fiction film, and since the diameter of the pipe is not immediately apparent when you view the pipe, it’s uncertain exactly how LARGE these creatures are. Some have claims that these are “sludge worms” or “sewer worms,” which may be accurate. Others think it’s sacks of spider eggs. But a growing number of people in North Carolina and beyond have sounded the alarm. These subterranean creatures are not of this world! Prepare for your mind to be invaded. Hooray.
But before you don the tin foil hats or sell out your own family for clemency with the new alien overlords, let’s use some common sense. Some have said that the creatures are bryozoans, which is perhaps closer to the truth. Yet a little bit of Web browsing suggests a slightly different species. Dr. Timothy Wood, a biologist at Wright State University, weighed in with his professional opinion on an Inspection News message board:
Thanks for the video – I had not see it before. No, these are not bryozoans! They are clumps of annelid worms, almost certainly tubificids (Naididae, probably genus Tubifex). 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. Interesting video
And they have at least one everyday use for us humans
Scott Patterson, one of the users on the same Inspection News board, brings things down to earth. And his wife is none too pleased about it:
Those worms are common food for tropical fish both salt and freshwater.
I feed live tubifex worms to my freshwater tropical fish. I have a 75 gallon tank with Discus and neons. They eat about 10 oz of worms every two weeks. I keep them in a Tupperware container in a spare refrigerator in the garage. Wife hates them! They live for about 10 days as long as you rinse them off with fresh cool water every couple of days and keep them in the frig.
Nature’s amazing variety – of ALIENS!
Sure, these things tend to hang around polluted water, and there may just be cracks in the sewer pipe that have allowed them inside. But I’d say that to keep them from coming up out of your toilet, you need to build personal disintegration rays immediately. If you need the fast cash of online loans to get the parts, then you also need help. Or at least a stern talking to. This is normal, people. No aliens here. But it is disgusting, isn’t it? Don’t put your hand in that old drain!