NY4053 : 'Star jelly' at Hammonds Pond

taken 7 years ago, near to Cummersdale, Cumbria, Great Britain

'Star jelly' at Hammonds Pond
'Star jelly' at Hammonds Pond
Several chunks of translucent, fairly stiff jelly about 3cm across, stuck to a patch of grass. For location, see NY4053 : Park bench .
Similar-looking blobs have been widely reported around the British Isles (some examples on Geograph at Link Link and Link ), also in Europe and North America.
Historically, the slime was thought to fall from the sky during meteor showers, hence the name 'star jelly'. Nowadays the consensus amongst naturalists is that the jelly comes from the oviducts of frogs which have been attacked by predatory birds or mammals; it is unfertilised spawn, ejected either before or after the frog was eaten.
Some recent supporting observations here : LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link .
There again, we do know that Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer flew over here the night before the picture was taken, so perhaps he forgot his handkerchief.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 December, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 17 March, 2014
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 4051 5340 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:52.3088N 2:55.7129W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 4051 5340
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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Star Jelly  Translucent Jelly  Lumps of Jelly 

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