Is mystery 'jelly' on Cumbria Lake District fells from outer space?
Last updated at 11:31, Tuesday, 25 October 2011
It has been said it comes from outer space – and now the strange slime known as Star Jelly has been spotted on the Cumbrian fells.
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I found a couple of clumps while walking last week on a moor near Marsden, West Yorkshire. I took pictures of both clumps with my smartphone (unfortunately I left my DSLR's battery at home!). Both clumps consisted of several blobs of differing sizes, which were translucent on the edges and white/opaque in the centres where the blobs were thicker.
This wasn't frog spawning season, so I assumed that it was a fungus or perhaps something that had been regurgitated by sheep in the field. The weather was wet and very windy.
I was out for a cycle in the country in late November 2011 and whilst climbing a steep hillside in pasture I came across what appered to be some frothy matter about the sice of a large orange. Intrigued as to what it was, I decided to pick it up only for it to slither from my hands and wobble its way back into a complete ball and onto the ground. it had the consistency of slippery mucus and one ball was snow-white and the other, maybe because it was older and rotten, was a light yellow. There are many mushrooms in this area so I would guess at it being a free forming, rootless fungi, though whether it comes from the mycelium beneath the ground is a mystery! I looked this autumn in the same area and found none, maybe down to the huge rainfall this autumn. Nature never fails to amaze and intrigue. Take care all.
my partner and i were visiting a stone circle, called GORS FAWR, in THE PRESSELI MOUNTAINS, in west wales, on sunday 11th. november 2012.
we found 2 very large lumps of this jelly lying close to the outer-stones. they were both exceptionally clear, and almost totally transparent but very white in colour-almost glowing. we have good quality clear photographs of them both. ali ppoked at one of the clusters with a stick and it remained solid with no hint of evaporating-both were totally odourless
weather conditions were bright with some cloud but quite windy. ground conditions where the substances were found were very wet and marshy. we are totally mistified-any ideas???