Despite the blob having no mouth, stomach or eyes, it's still able to both detect and digest food!
The nightmare creature is, of course, named after the 1950s Steve McQueen classic, The Blob, and I'll just say this at the top: I don't know what you think you're doing, Paris Zoo, but I have seen exactly how that film plays out.
According to Bruno David, the director of the Paris Museum of Natural History, if you merge two blobs and one of them has learned new things, it will automatically transfer the knowledge to the other blob.
Dubbed the "blob", the organism has nearly 720 different sexes.
Cool, cool, cool. No doubt. Actually, it is often used as a model organism for many studies involving amoeboid movement and cell motility. Science Alert points out that there are 900-odd species of slime mold, of which P. polycephalum is just one - and they are a taxonomic headache. P. polycephalum inhabits shady, cool, moist areas, such as decaying leaves and logs.
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Dr. Audrey Dussutour, a researcher with the CNRS (translated to: National Scientific Research Center) who has studied blobs and works with the zoo, tweeted a short poem about the algae-like organism, also known as a eukaryotic protist. Shuttle streaming is characterized by the rhythmic back-and-forth flow of the protoplasm, taking about two minutes.
But for those of us unable to trek to France to observe a puddle of goop, fear not: footage released by the Zoo shows the bright yellow bastard in action, slowly morphing its way across trees, stones, and petri dishes in search of its next meal.
The creature has approximately 720 sexes and can move - without arms or legs - at a speed of 1.6 inches per hour.
Scientists aren't sure exactly how it performs these tasks because it lacks a nervous system to tell its body how to act. David further described the slime mould as "one of nature's mysteries". A recent paper demonstrated an as-yet-unknown signalling molecule is most likely responsible for the creature's complex behaviors.