Steve McQueen probably didn’t think his sci-fi classic The Blob would become a real-life organism, but that seems to be the case in a Paris zoo where they have a similar mass on display. There’s even video of it in action (see link below).
Dubbed the “blob,” just like in the film, the creature resembles a fungus but acts like an animal according to Reuters.
The yellow unicellular phenomenon was unveiled this past Wednesday and will be open for public viewing starting on Saturday at Paris Zoological Park.
Characteristics of this creature mimic a lot of what the movie monster did. The real blob has no mouth, no stomach, no eyes, yet it can detect food and digest it
And get this, the thing has almost 720 sexes, crawls across surfaces without legs or wings and can heal itself when cut in half.
“The blob is a living being which belongs to one of nature’s mysteries”, said Bruno David, director of the Paris Museum of Natural History, of which the Zoological Park is part.
“It surprises us because it has no brain but is able to learn (…) and if you merge two blobs, the one that has learned will transmit its knowledge to the other,” David added.
Scientists were able to determine that the blob is not a plant, but they aren’t quite sure if it’s an animal or a fungus.
“It behaves very surprisingly for something that looks like a mushroom,” said David. “It has the behavior of an animal, it is able to learn.”
You’ve been warned dear readers.