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01 Jul, 2009

“Unknown Lifeform” from North Carolina Sewer

Posted by: Skylar In: sewers

I found this via Digg today:  Sewer Cam Uncovers a Mysterious Creature

Now, even with my limited experiences looking at sewer camera inspections, I’ve seen some odd and disgusting stuff. But this one would certainly top the list.

Obviously, this is not a video to watch while eating.

Looking at a few comments, it sounds like the “organism” is actually a giant ball of worms that are just moving in unison. Either way, it’s gross.

4 Responses to "“Unknown Lifeform” from North Carolina Sewer"

1 | Gayle

July 1st, 2009 at 6:31 pm


Nasty! What sort of worm is this? It’s obviously not the friendly garden variety….

2 | Skylar

July 1st, 2009 at 7:22 pm


According to this page here,

“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.”

3 | Pam Broviak

July 2nd, 2009 at 7:56 am


That is just the most disgusting thing I have ever seen on a sewer film! You would think a good vactoring of the line would take them out.

Thanks for finding it and sharing it.

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