Think about this the next time you are feeding your guppies. But there appears to be an explaination for the Raleigh sewer critter seen in the above video after all. The critter is dwelling under Cameron Village in Raleigh.

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.

He said other staff members in the department have seen it before, although sightings aren’t particularly common.

But the jury is out on whether it is Bryozoa or tubifex worms (tropical fish food). The guys over at How Stuff Works have comparsion videos of the two critters in question. Just think about this, if it is Bryozoa it’s “a primitive life form that, as a species, is over 350 million years old”. 

Hop over there and take a look, once again truth is stranger than fiction.

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