A mysterious slime has turned up throughout a Somerset nature reserve days after the shocking Chelyabinsk meteor strike in Russia. The meteor was a superbolide that explded in an air burst over Chelyabinsk Oblast on February 15, 2013. Is it possible that event added a little something extra to Planet Earth?
Described as “blobs” or “goo” or just “something living,” the strange substance has been found littered throughout the Somerset reserve, as the International Business Times reports. It only appeared after last week’s meteorite incident, despite the fact that the nature reserve is thousands of miles away.
While it may be anything from the “decomposing remains of a dead frog” to brain fungus (?!), there’s actually some local mythology surrounding this peculiar phenomenon dating back to the 14th Century. It’s known, at least according to folklore, to possibly be something called “star jelly,” a substance that mysteriously appears after meteor showers.
Officials welcome any possible explanations. I’m going to vote for a good old slime mold, but who knows…maybe it’s alien goo from Outer Space?