UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — There’s a blob lurking in a pond in British Columbia.
It was found last month in Stanley Park in Vancouver, resting at the bottom of a small body of water.
The sticky, slimy, squishy mass is actually made of hundreds of tiny creatures stuck together. Collectively, they’re known as bryozoans.
They’re formed when a single-celled organism called a zooid reproduces asexually and creates a colony of other zooids. The animals are harmless to us as they only feed on algae.
They can be found around the world but they had never been seen in Stanley Park before now.
Biologists aren’t sure if these blobs have always lived in the area and are only now being discovered thanks to lower-than-normal water levels, or if the creatures are invasive species.
Five years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guessed climate change was helping bryozoans spread since they can only survive in waters warmer than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.