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What Are These Weird Purple Blobs Taking Over San Francisco Bay?

Believe it or not, they aren't aliens from another planet.


If you’ve been paying attention to Mpora, and if you haven’t we need to ask you “what exactly have you been doing with your time?”, you’ll know that we recently reported on a mysterious green slime creature discovered in Taiwan. We speculated that it might have been an alien, a worm from a distant world that had come to make the earthlings its underlings.

Fortunately, for the inhabitants of our planet, the alien invasion we predicted never properly materialised. But, just when you thought it was safe to come out of your concrete bunker, someone goes and discovers purple blobs in San Francisco Bay forcing you to batten down the hatches all over again.

Now, we’re not saying these purple blobs are aliens. And we are in no way suggesting that you arm yourself with frying pans, cricket bats, and cheese-graters; that’s not what we’re saying. We’re just saying that these purple blobs, which are actually harmless Californian sea hares, look a bit like oversized slugs from another planet.

Photo: Mike Baird.

According to news sources in the area a number of people have spotted the purple blobs, mistaken them for human organs, and called 911. Dozens of them have been found during the past month, and while some of them grow bigger, most of them are about the size of a fist.

Morgan Dill, whose photo you can see at the top of this article, revealed that most of the sea hares he encounters are already dead. Some of them, however, are alive and do a weird pulsating movement. Now if weird-pulsating blobs don’t remind you immediately of 1950s science-fiction, you need to spend the next few days watching nothing but 1950s science fiction.

The sea hares are given such a name because their antennae look like rabbit ears. Like rabbits, the sea hares are vegetarians. That’s good news for anyone worried that these blobs might start coming inland, eating humans they come across, and growing exponentially.

Image: The Blob (1958).

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