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Posted 26 January 2018 - 09:52 AM

I have a very strange sighting that I hope someone can explain. I spent most of my childhood summers in Texas, and every year we would go to Dinosaur Valley in Glen Rose for some trail hiking and wading in the river. One year I was wading with my dad and brother when we saw something very strange in the water. It looked identical to hydra vulgaris (a freshwater polyp), but they range from 5-15 millimeters. This thing was at least 3-4 inches long. Unnervingly, it had a very similar color to human skin. We thought maybe it was some kind of worm that had fallen in the water, but soon realized it was actually swimming. I could have sworn we took some pictures, but I guess they got lost at some point. I've done a lot of research in the years since, but I haven't found anything even remotely resembling what I saw. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? I've attached a photo of a freshwater polyp for reference.

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 05:05 PM

Given the way the planet has been behaving recently, it wouldn't surprise me if you saw exactly this but mutated to a greater size.

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 05:26 PM

I suppose it's possible, but freshwater polyps are sessile and usually attached to a substrate. This thing was swimming similar to an eel or a fish.

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 05:40 PM

Could it of been a snake? They swim.
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 05:59 PM

Thought about that too, but this didn't have a head, per se. It was almost like a small lamprey with no eyes or teeth. Just a mouth-like opening at the front with wiggly tentacles.

*gasp* Maybe I found a baby Cthulhu!

(I'm sorry, I've been drinking.)

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 04:39 AM

No, I haven't seen anything like that, the only polyps I see are usually on a monitor attached to a colonoscope LOL
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Posted 27 January 2018 - 11:59 AM

Update:

The good news is, a major revelation just solved a decade-old mystery of the strange water creature.

The bad news is, I'm a moron.

Wanna know what I found out?

Slugs can swim.

Excuse me while I go hide in shame forever.

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 02:14 PM

Lol, I know there are sea slugs, but did not now about fresh water slugs... crazy. But now we all know.
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Posted 28 January 2018 - 04:04 AM

 navyblue8621, on 27 January 2018 - 11:59 AM, said:

Update:

The good news is, a major revelation just solved a decade-old mystery of the strange water creature.

The bad news is, I'm a moron.

Wanna know what I found out?

Slugs can swim.

Excuse me while I go hide in shame forever.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 01:45 AM

hahahaha a sea slug?! how interesting!  leeches can swim too right?
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