Scientists Solve Part of Somerset’s “Alien Slime” Situation

We’re swiftly approaching the one-year anniversary of the Chelyabinsk meteor, which entered the atmosphere on February 15, 2013 and caused quite a bit of damage, injuring hundreds of people in the southern Ural region.

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That part’s a little hard to forget. But what you may not remember is the bizarre “alien slime” that appeared in a Somerset nature reserve only a few days later.

Whether or not the slime was related to the meteor (or even to a UFO sighting that occurred in the area around the same time) was unclear. In fact, the appearance of this mysterious goo was actually a “regular” occurrence dating back to the 14th Century, something the locals called Star Jelly.

However, now that scientists at the Natural History Museum have had their turn analyzing the samples, they believe they’ve solved at least part of the mystery.

According to the scientists, the slime contains traces of both magpie and frog DNA. Says Stuart Hine of the Identification and Advisory Service:

“Now that could mean that it’s a frog that’s been ingested by a magpie and the indigestible parts have been coughed up in to the sticky gel. However, we’ve got to explore a bit further.”

Okay then.

Anyway, the point is that the substance is not extraterrestrial in origin, but rather the result of something weird going on between a frog and a magpie right here on Earth. Leaving us with only one final conclusion: there’s a monstrous frog-magpie hybrid abomination of science wandering around in Somerset…and it has a cold.


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.