Mystery blob that appeared after Australian rain likely isn’t “jellyfish”

Man in Australia finds gelatinous blob after rain. He assumes it’s a jellyfish. That’s probably not correct. With obligatory “baffled” experts.

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MYSTERIOUS blobs of slime have been found in a park on a quiet, suburban Cairns street and even experts are baffled.

Images captured on his phone show uprooted and snapped trees and two mysterious, translucent blobs, which he believes are jellyfish.

If that is the case, they may have travelled at least 4km inland but Jamie Seymour, a leading stinger expert from James Cook University, couldn’t confirm their identity.

That doesn’t mean “baffled”, silly media. Seymour likely couldn’t identify it as a jellyfish because it’s not. Such substances have been previously identified as frog spawn, bird vomit (after eating frog), slime molds or, water retention gel used for plants. It’s often called “star jelly”, occurs after a rain, and causes people some concern.

Jellyfish is extremely unlikely but people jump to conclusions. A lot.

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Tip: Marcus Sprenkel

  2 comments for “Mystery blob that appeared after Australian rain likely isn’t “jellyfish”

  1. April 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    They could just do Mass Spectrometry on this and find out if it’s so important. This does remind me a lot of cuckoo spit though, a fairly common sight in the UK.

  2. busterggi
    April 18, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Looks like cedar chips in the photo – best source of slime molds in this area.

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