What is it?

Pedro

Well-Known Member
#1
It's a while since I've seen a "what is this" post on here. So just to put that right, can anyone tell me what the substance is in this picture. I often see it around the odd flight pond, sometimes a bit away but whether this is coincidence or not, I don't know. It's jelly-like, perhaps the consistency of the jelly one might find in a pork pie but more opaque. I get the feeling I should know the answer to this, but in fact, I don't. Thanks.

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telecaster

Active Member
#5
Or prior to being eaten....
It must be fairly common as I have come across "blobs" of the mysterious "Star Jelly" maybe once or twice a year. In the Yorkshire Dales and on the High Pennines Cumbria, always on high moorland ground, usually on paths, sometimes in quite large amounts. (pint or more)
No one seems to have come to a satisfactory explanation for this curious jelly like substance,
Theories range from it being deposits from meteor showers or have been expelled by frogs when in danger, also other unlikely causes.
Scientific test carried out on it have found no dna in its make up.
So it remains a mystery.

Lots of sightings here: https://helvellyn.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/star-jelly-by-ullswater/
 

.25-06

Well-Known Member
#6
The first picture on your link appears to show a piece of what I think is frog skin just below the ball of jelly right top corner. I attach a picture from November showing similar slime, this had a frogs foot nearby. I tend to see it Autumn and spring time tying in with amphibians moving about.

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It must be fairly common as I have come across "blobs" of the mysterious "Star Jelly" maybe once or twice a year. In the Yorkshire Dales and on the High Pennines Cumbria, always on high moorland ground, usually on paths, sometimes in quite large amounts. (pint or more)
No one seems to have come to a satisfactory explanation for this curious jelly like substance,
Theories range from it being deposits from meteor showers or have been expelled by frogs when in danger, also other unlikely causes.
Scientific test carried out on it have found no dna in its make up.
So it remains a mystery.

Lots of sightings here: https://helvellyn.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/star-jelly-by-ullswater/
 
#7
heron puke,worked on a fishery for eight years turns up everytime the herons turn up in spring with young in tow,wasn,t there night before ,first light its there so unless some painter/decorator spilled his bucket there,elementary as conan doyle might have said,:D
 
#10
they are very active at night plus they gorge on frogs/spawn in fact anything they can swallow ive seen them first thing and disturbed them and they have coughed up fish that are too big to swallow before they could take off,
I know . I have about sixty of them nesting in one of the woods where I shoot . Noisy buggers , but never seen them being sick before
 

Pedro

Well-Known Member
#14
Well, programme on BBC2 this evening, Nature's Wierdest Events. Fronted by that nice feller Chris Packham. One of the items therein was star jelly. It was examined by scientists and found to be consistent with the gelitononous substance that surrounds frog spawn and expands to many times its size on contact with water. Further DNA found in the sample was traced to the magpie. The conclusion being that a female frog was predated (by a magpie on this occasion) and the substance left behind that came out of the poor frog expanded thereafter.

Is it possible that Mr Packham is lurking in here looking for ideas for his show?
 
#16
Well, programme on BBC2 this evening, Nature's Wierdest Events. Fronted by that nice feller Chris Packham. One of the items therein was star jelly. It was examined by scientists and found to be consistent with the gelitononous substance that surrounds frog spawn and expands to many times its size on contact with water. Further DNA found in the sample was traced to the magpie. The conclusion being that a female frog was predated (by a magpie on this occasion) and the substance left behind that came out of the poor frog expanded thereafter.

Is it possible that Mr Packham is lurking in here looking for ideas for his show?
Watching now as well
 

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