I, for one, welcome our new seething, glistening bryozoan underlords.

'Sewer Monster' discovered below Cameron Village

The sewer monster is made up of thousands of tiny organisms called bryozoans, or moss animacules, said N.C. State University biologist Thomas Kwak. Invertebrates, they bunch together in colonies and feed with tiny tentacles.

"They can get as big as the size of a watermelon," he said.

They've been known to clog pipes, but Raleigh officials aren't worried, even though bryozoans can move up to 10 centimeters a day. "I don't know if we've seen anything move on its own inside a sanitary sewer line," Public Utilities Director Dale Crisp said.

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22 Responses:

  1. greyhame says:

    Seems to be some debate whether they're bryozoans or tubifex worms, but personally, I think they look like something out of Prey.

  2. caprinus says:

    The fight between Bryozoans and Annelids is not decided yet. Someone needs to get down there and actually take samples, THE WORLD MUST KNOW!!!

  3. prog says:

    THAT IS EXCELLENT. It's, like, a poo elemental.

    Frequency: Rare
    HIt Dice: 2d8 + 1
    Damage / Attack: Special (See text)
    Alignment: Poop

  4. gfish says:

    We've been sending probes out here since the seventies. So have you guys. And in all that time none of us have detected so much as a hint of life on any of Jupiter's moons. Then 10 years ago the monolith was discovered, Discovery was launched and everything went wacko, you catching my drift?

  5. pauraque says:

    Looks like a big pulsing blob of emphysema lung. I used to feed (dead, freeze-dried) tubifex worms to my fish; I probably would have been less cheerful about buying a big old bag of them if I'd seen this first.

  6. the_brad says:

    it reminds me of kombucha

  7. ajha says:

    wanna come run through some sewer pipes in st paul with me? the worst i can promise is some weird spiders that crystalize to expel their young. it's an extensive system of approximately 7 miles of random tunnels that eventually discard to the mississippi river..

  8. dossy says:

    If this bryozoan blobby thing starts raping school girls with its tentacles, my life will be complete.

  9. pixel_juice says:

    I believe the technical term is "Golgotha Shit Demon".

  10. cattycritic says:

    I saw only the video last week and didn't have the context or location, so thanks for posting this.

    I must say I'm fascinated by these things. I'm glad such things don't just exist in horror/SF tales.

    (Also: let's hear it for the boys from my alma mater, w00t)

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