The photographs making rounds on the internet are of various mysterious life forms that some have suggested is a form of alien life. The blobs seem to hold together and have no discernible mouth, nose, or any other sensory organs. Despite this they also do not seem to possess any plantlike features either. The most recent report comes this time from a man made lake in Virginia. The quivering entity seemed to have the ability to breathe and even move on its own. But are these creatures alien in origin? Or something else?
The most recent story, this time published by UK based periodical The Register shares with us that one of these creatures has been brought in from where it was initially discovered in a man made lake in Virginia. Those who gathered it up initially thought it to be not of this world, but were surprised to discover that it was nothing more than a species of Pectinatella magnifica, a species of protozoa with a series of worms adapting to a blob. The organisms collect together and appear to be one mysterious unknown creature even though there is no brain and no central organs. They feed through a filter very similar to the species of space creatures you would expect slithering out of a silver screen nightmare. The creatures can even move, according to biologists, contracting individual strands connected together much like muscles in an animal’s body.
Earlier this year we brought you a story of a similar bloblike entity invading North Carolina’s sewers in a frightful and disgusting display picked up by remote operated cameras. The cameras were actually picking up a collection of worms strung together into a ball that would react to its environment as though it were one organism when in reality it was a bit more conventional than that. In the end the story turned out to be a solved, but strange, mystery as well.
So it seems this time the mysterious blob-like creatures from our nightmares have been thoroughly analyzed and explained, but an alien bacteria traveling through space may use a similar looking system to get to Earth. Such a simple organism would likely have to hitch a ride on an asteroid, and if it were able to survive the initial cataclysm that knocked this rock off its home planet, it would then have to survive a virtually indefinite period of stasis lasting hundreds of millions of years before finally reawakening on a habitable planet. Sound impossible?
Actually, on Earth today we have a species known as Tardigrades which can survive in a vacuum in space for extended periods of time, and these organisms are actually complex and insect-like in several ways. The organisms have been given the nickname “water bears” due to their somewhat bear-like appearance. And with the water bears there are other types of extremophile (organisms that can survive in extreme conditions) that would arguably feel quite at home in space until they were able to come back to life. And an organism that could reproduce into a blob-like entity could in theory be among these on some distant planet or floating on a collision course with Earth.