I’ve been taking care of a neighbor’s plants while they’re on a river trip, and there’s this planter dish about 14” diameter and a little over 2” deep displaced on the lawn (not your manicured lawn mind you, a wild lawn). We’ve had some rains lately, so there was <1/2” of water in the thing, along with a dead cricket; a couple pine needles; a few male pine cones floating around. . .
And this string that started undulating when I moved the dish. At first I think, it’s being pushed by the water but then I notice, there’s more going on here.
It keeps undulating and swimming circles around the perimeter probing the shore line with its head, yet returning to the water. At one point I tipped the plate to give it easy passage over the edge. But after the head went less that 1/4” it backed off, back into the water.
I’ve never seen nothing like it and went for my tape measure to verify that my estimate of around a foot long was right. After much observation I would call it well over 10”, but not over 11”. It’s diameter is 1/64th, to a 1/100th near the front quarter of its body which ends in a slight bulge, a head ~ no my tape ain’t that accurate, but my eyes can estimate . The tail end also tapers to, I’d guess 1/100th of a inch. The thing moves like a snake.
My first thought was some bizarre nematode, but Wiki assures me that the longest species reach two inches. But, I’ve never hear of a snake 11 inches by less than 1/64 inch before. A worm? Incredibly active for a worm.
I’m tempted to pour it onto the lawn and see what happens, but it just doesn’t seem like this thing would have the ability to negotiate terra firma. So I’ve left it in the dish where it continues swimming the perimeter and reminding me I’m not imagining things.
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