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Strange 'slime' baffles experts

Posted on Tuesday, 19 February, 2013 | Comment icon 21 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A mysterious jelly-like substance has been turning up all over an RSPB nature reserve in Somerset.

The slime has been reported several times over the last few centuries and is sometimes referred to as "star jelly" based on the belief that it falls from the sky during meteor showers. Workers at the reserve are not so sure however, some believe that the substance could be a form of cyanobacteria while others subscribe to the theory that the slime is the product of amphibians such as frogs.

"It's great that in this day and age that there are still mysteries out there," said spokesman Tony Whitehead. "One suggested it was neither animal nor plant, and another that it didn't contain DNA, although it does give the appearance of something 'living'."

"The jelly-like substance has been found at the RSPB Ham Wall Nature reserve in Somerset."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by atomk12 on 20 February, 2013, 3:22
I have a great idea. Gather some Friends and setup a 24hour watch taking shifts. Make sure you have powerful flashlights available. When you catch whomever is dropping this crap to create a story, make them pick it all up.
Comment icon #13 Posted by SpiritTraveler on 20 February, 2013, 6:01
If it really is unfertilized frog spawn and it's being found more often, then what is happening to our frogs? What's wrong with them? It's something like the canary in the mine. We should pay attention.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Lava_Lady on 20 February, 2013, 7:23
Hmm... now where have I heard that before.....not sure, but I'm sure my response was, eww.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Jacques Terreur on 20 February, 2013, 9:44
it has happened for centuries, literally. That kind of stuff is described by Charles Fort numerous times, and i can recall reading old german reports about "Sternenrotz" (star snot) that date back to the 18th century. (If anyone is interested i have to look it up again). Dunno what it actually is, either. EDIT: i just found an e-book version of the book "Allgemeine Biologie" (common biology) by Paul Kammerer (published in 1915). He rules out frog eggs or any other animal source, claiming that it is a sort of fungus. So, i guess it's not so easy to say "definetly... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by wimfloppp on 20 February, 2013, 9:45
reminds me of that 1950s film ,the body snatchers.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Eldorado on 20 February, 2013, 11:31
I heard quite the opposite. If you even touch it, you will feel like you've just been toed in the hole! (pain & nausea)
Comment icon #18 Posted by Coffey on 20 February, 2013, 16:50
That's really intresting then. Thanks for the info, never knew there was reports thta far back either.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Jacques Terreur on 20 February, 2013, 16:58
If you got some time on your hands, read "the book of the damned" by Charles H. Fort! you'll get to know more about raining fish or mysterious Jelly than you ever begged for!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Lava_Lady on 20 February, 2013, 17:43
Wha?! LMAO! Ok, with that advice, I'm sure to never touch anything similar!! But you're speaking of the ear or nose "hole" right? Cuz that would be painful and could cause nausea.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Coffey on 20 February, 2013, 17:47
I will defintily note that book down and check it out at some point, thanks.

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