We recently received a message and several photographs from one of our readers in Northern California. She explained that she has found worm-like organisms in clear storage boxes, vacuum compression bags, and vacuum sealed food bags. She has also found them in clean clothes and linens. She said, “they can be seen in photos and movies, but not with the naked eye.” Apparently the creatures look “baggy and wrinkled.” Some of them just have heads, but some have either eyes or eyespots. She has taken many photos but believes this is the best one:
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This photo looks like a beautiful watercolor, but unfortunately we are unable to see the worm in it (can you?) Our reader that explained that this photo captures what the worms look like because they appear to “have ripples and look like they are wearing hoods.” She thinks this particular specimen would be about 8 inches long straightened out, but believes that some of them are much larger than this. Here is another photo she shared with us of the creatures in a plastic storage box:
We aren’t entirely sure what we are looking at, but it might be the dark objects in the middle of the photograph. Our reader apologized for the photo quality, and explained that it is easier for her to know what she is looking at because she took the photos. Here is another photo of a creature in a plastic storage box:
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While we appreciate the photos and detailed message, we aren’t entirely sure what to make of it. We are confused about a few details, such as how the organisms aren’t visible to the naked eye but can be seen in photos and videos. In addition, we aren’t sure how to visualize some of the descriptions she included, like “has ripples” and “baggy”. Frankly, we are stumped! If any other readers have found similar mysterious worms or recognize the creatures in the photographs, we invite them to comment on this article and share their experience!
To wrap up, one of our readers has found some odd worm-like organisms around her home. Unfortunately, we don’t know what she is dealing with.