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Weird fungus looks like an alien facehugger


Posted on Sunday, 3 January, 2016 | Comment icon 9 comments

The fungus looks like a science fiction movie monster. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Benutzer:Oilys
The bizarrely named 'octopus stinkhorn' looks rather a lot like something from the Alien movie franchise.
Ecologist Dan Hoare had been visiting New Forest National Park in Hampshire, England when he came across a strange white egg-like sack nestled within the foliage on the forest floor.

As he moved towards it to take a closer look the sack suddenly burst open and a big bunch of pink, foul-smelling tentacles reached up from within - grasping at the air right in front of him.

Despite looking eerily like the face-hugging alien from Ridley Scott's science fiction horror classic however this bizarre specimen was in fact a type of fungus that is normally found in Australia.

The species spread to the United Kingdom in the 1940s and has been turning up there ever since.

The fungus, which is often referred to as "octopus stinkhorn" due to its foul odor, has gained something of a reputation for its eerie appearance and is sometimes known as "devil's fingers".

Fortunately though, despite its ominous exterior, the species is actually quite harmless.

Source: Daily Echo | Comments (9)

Tags: Fungus, Alien


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by tcgram on 3 January, 2016, 15:19
Quite unique.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hammerclaw on 3 January, 2016, 15:52
Somebody call Dr Gordon Freeman.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Child of Bast on 3 January, 2016, 16:29
I want to see pics of this actual "hugging".
Comment icon #4 Posted by tcgram on 3 January, 2016, 16:35
You go first.
Comment icon #5 Posted by quasar_kid on 3 January, 2016, 20:28
Landkraken.
Comment icon #6 Posted by jarjarbinks on 3 January, 2016, 22:01
that's why you need to carry a flamethrower around everytime
Comment icon #7 Posted by C.J. on 4 January, 2016, 0:10
It actually doesnt look much like a face hugger at all. It looks more like the giant gods off of the first hellboy movie.
Comment icon #8 Posted by AustinHinton on 7 January, 2016, 17:13
Nuke it from orbit! ...Its the only way to be sure.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sundew on 11 January, 2016, 19:16
I have had two other Stinkhorn Fungi species come up in my yard one orange and the other more typical of a mushroom, white with a dark cap. They really do smell nasty, almost nauseating. And the second one was in the genus Phallus so you can guess what it looked like.


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