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Thousands of California worms wriggle into super blobs

It will be crumpled. I’m writhing. It behaves like some sort of multi-tactile horror from the black lagoon. It’s … a mass of black worms.And just in time Halloween!!

California black worm (Lumbriculus variegatus) Is a type of unpretentious aquatic worm, typically less than about 1.5 inches (4 centimeters) in length. However, when threatened by environmental stressors such as drought, these worms weave together to maintain moisture and protect each other. It’s creepy enough, but these masses can also move in what researchers call “emergent movement.” No one is in charge, but worm blobs can guide themselves to a more comfortable environment by simply interacting with their closest neighbors.

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