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Meteors blamed for Somerset slime at RSPB’s Ham Wall base

by | 19th, February 2013

somerset goo Meteors blamed for Somerset slime at RSPBs Ham Wall base

TO the RSPB’s Ham Wall base in Somerset. Jelly-like goo has been appearing on the grass. Some suggest a cyanobacteria called Nostoc. Othrs says it’s the regurgitated innards frogs. Others talk of asteroids.

Spokesman Tony Whitehead tells the BBC:

“In records dating back to the 14th Century it’s known variously as star jelly, astral jelly or astromyxin. In folklore it is said to be deposited in the wake of meteor showers. It’s great that in this day and age that there are still mysteries out there. We’ve read a few articles now and much speculation. 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’. Our reserve team will be looking out for the slime over the next few days, but if anyone can offer any explanations we’d be glad to hear.”

In other unrelated news, the Somerset Doggers wish Brian a speedy recovery from his heavy flu…



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