Sunday, 08 February 2009 11:55

Slime From The Stars?

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Are we any closer to solving the mystery of Star Jelly? A BBC Radio Four programme will today broadcast an investigation into this strange slime.

Star Jelly?

Dubbed 'Star Jelly' the strange slimey substance has been spotted in various parts of globe. You may not have heard of it before but it's been spotted for centuries, the Welsh named it 'pwdre ser' which I'm informed translates as 'rot of the stars'. The reason for this mysterious name? Well many believe that this 'Star Jelly' is debris from meteors, as the strange substance is often witnessed on mornings following a meteor shower. Could that be what it is? Does it really come from the stars? Or could it be something else?

Various other theories have been suggested, Hans Sluiman from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is convinced it is neither plant or animal. His team discovered a reference in the journal Nature dating back from 1926, which backs his theory that the slime is nothing more than birds regurgitating the ovaries of frogs and toads that have been eaten. Dr Andy Taylor a fungi expert at the Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen has examined a sample, he says that although there are fungus filaments in the slime, they are growing in the jelly rather than creating it. Dr Taylor also carried out a DNA test on the sample, but the results were inconclusive as the sample was contaminated.

A BBC Radio Four investigation is to be broadcast on Sunday the 8th February at 7.45pm. The BBC Scotland website has published a gallery of their readers photo's of the 'Star Slime' and can be seen by clicking here.

[Sources; BBC, BBC Scotland]
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  • Comment Link michelle Thursday, 22 September 2011 18:34 posted by michelle

    Hans Sluiman and him team theorise that it is neither animal or plant but that it is regurgitated frog?? isn't a frog a type of animal?

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