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BEHOLD #131 – Priscilla, the Pomeba



Pomebas are one–celled organisms. They are shape–shifters that often look like “blobs” and they have flowing movements. That is why Priscilla takes ballet lessons – to make her primitive pomeba movements ever–more graceful. Sometimes she can look like she has arms or feet based on the way she moves. Her body consists of a nucleus (green), cytoplasm (iridescent blue), pseudopods (curvy shapes), membrane (silver aurora borealis edges), food vacuole (indigo), and contractile vacuole (chartreuse). The cytoplasm can change from liquid to solid and when it does so, Priscilla propels herself towards food. She is looking for algae, bacteria, plant cells, and other unicellular beings to eat. Priscilla has one nucleus, but her Pomeba friends can have several or hundreds of nuclei. The nuclei control the growth and reroduction of the Pomeba. Pomeba reproduce through the process of fission – splitting into two. Once they detect their prey (which they can do without having to touch it), they make a dome around it so it can’t escape and then they eat it. Some Pomebas are pomisites – so try to avoid those. Priscilla and her friends are fissioning like crazy to work on a crowd–sourcing campaign to raise funds to open a dance studio called “Blobby is Beautiful.” They have a blobby–positive philosophy and believe that all Pomebas can experience the art of graceful movement, no matter their shape, size, number of nuclei, or how their pseudopods are configured. Pomtastic!

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