What's all this then?
It's not XM because the scanner would collect it (my XM bar is not full). I don't understand why the scanner even contains code to do this. At any rate it's a signal that I need to restart the client...
I wonder if it's XM that's in the process of being picked up (which is what your XM bar suggests) but server lag causes it to be in a weird intermediate state.
Player excitation of the nearby XM making it appear it appear that the XM itself is Alive
Looks like part of the reproduction process....
"Swimmer Mode Unlocked"
That's an interesting thought, actually. The yellow bit in the XM bar is a permanent sync problem between the client and server - I don't know how this happens, but it occurs for me a few times per week and doesn't go away until the app is restarted. It had most likely been like that for a couple of hours or more before the screen recording. But maybe the animation is indeed all the 'lost' XM in a permanent state of trying to be collected but never succeeding.
Yeah I deliberately avoided mentioning gametes!
@Engrish @starwort Me too, but that was absolutely my first thought.