Friday, March 27, 2009

Giant single-cell organisms found rolling across ocean floor.

There's a new giant inch and a half wide amoeba taking over the Bahamas, and its name is Bahamian Gromia. And apparently? It can propel itself across the ocean floor.


13 comments:

Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist! said...

that is pretty crazy and weird.

Montana Barn Cat said...

I LOVE it! A few of these could really improve my aquarium.

Tara Maya said...

That is SO WEIRD.

I wrote a sf story once about a single celled alien the size of a chair. I should have figured something like it already existed on earth.

annathepiper said...

VERY cool. Science for the Win!

Shaun Hutchinson said...

The real question isn't, "how are they moving?" It's, "Where are they rolling to?" Thinking about the answer might keep you up at night. Or it might make you fantasize about how we could make actual grapes move on their own. I dream of a future willed with the delicious grapes that come to me on command. Or not.

Janet said...

Way cool.

Phil said...

OMG!!

Shoggoths!!11!~~!1

Kristin Laughtin said...

Consider my mind blown. It's not even the possible implications for our ideas on the Cambrian explosion so much as that these creatures are 1.5 inches and still a single cell.

(Ha, like Phil above me, I thought of shoggoths too, but I did just read Elizabeth Bear's "Shoggoths in Bloom" yesterday, so I think that's to be expected.)

marilynpeake said...

That’s fascinating! When I wrote a trilogy of children’s fantasy adventure novels in which much of the action takes place under the ocean, I thoroughly enjoyed doing research about ocean life. Here are some of my favorite sea creatures:

Interesting: Lionfish

Beautiful: Coral reef fish

Funny: Pufferfish

WARNING: Truly horrific: Viper fish

Jeff said...

I would have named them Bahama Mamas.

Schrödinger's Cat said...

Printed and stapled into my writing journal––there's a story in that little conundrum.

I mean, what if it's a grape that rolled off the deck of some luxury liner, its crew and guests having passed on a mutant virus to the poor, dejected fruit. At least now it appears to have some friends.

christine tripp said...

Weird, because it looks like a human egg!

December/Stacia said...

OMG!!! It's those things from The Prisoner's Village!!


AAAAAACCCKKK!!!