Strange blue gelatinous balls fall from sky

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Weird blue gelatinous balls, about 3cm in diameter, rained on Steve Hornsby, of Dorset, England during a hailstorm last week. He collected them in a jam jar and put them in his refrigerator. From the BBC:

Josie Pegg, an applied science research assistant at Bournemouth University, speculated that the apparently strange phenomena might be "marine invertebrate eggs".

"These have been implicated in previous 'strange goo' incidents," she said. "I'd have thought it's a little early for spawning but I suppose we've had a very mild winter.

"The transmission of eggs on birds' feet is well documented and I guess if a bird was caught out in a storm this could be the cause."

"Bournemouth resident mystified by 'blue sphere shower'" (via Fortean Times)


  1. There would be no reason I can think of for them to be falling from the sky; but that also looks pretty much exactly like a broken sample of the little hydrophilic polymer spheres one can purchase for assorted amusement/plant nurturing.

    Distinguishing between polyacrylamide and biological goo wouldn’t be very difficult, and the latter has greater reason to be out in nature in quantity; but it’s visually quite a good match…

      1. TYWKIWIDI posted this yesterday, saying the same thing as Gizmodo (that it’s the little polymer spheres), but the blue color made me think of the same thing as Hottie below.

    1. This was on the BBC too, and apparently Bournemouth University is on the case so it won’t be a mystery too much longer.

    2. They’d fall from the sky for the same reason that frogs and fish fall from the sky – they got sucked up in a whirlwind/tornado from ground level. A gardening center or a gardener’s yard (or the open bed of a pickup truck, or a shed, or whatever) getting hit would be a great place for them to come from.

    3. Precisely my thought. That would explain why they were in his garden, too. Maybe his wife/lover/SO/housekeeper had a vaseful of them, and dropped a few while picking flowers.

  2. They are more likely partially solidified waste from aircraft lavatories, which might explain their “falling from the sky.”  At any rate, I would discard the jam jars and tidy up the fridge a bit.

  3. Isn’t that polymer the similar to that used in disposable diapers, and maxi-pads and such? That would plausibly explain how it got into the aircraft toilet.  Or maybe a waterspout hit a bubble-tea stand. 

  4. On another blog, it has been suggested that these are ammunition from a children’s toy gun line called “Xploderz.”


      Totally Xploderz ammo.

      Half the time the ammo winds up breaking in the barrel and what comes out looks exactly like the picture above.

      When they dry out they turn into tiny bb-sized balls. They could have actually been in his garden for a while and only been re-hydrated by the rain.

      And I just checked, they are available in the UK. ( )

  5. “The transmission of eggs on birds’ feet is well documented and I guess if a bird was caught out in a storm this could be the cause.” 

    At least it wasn’t coconuts…

  6. My theory is that those are “Aqua Pearls”.  There are pictures of blue ones on eBay UK. 

    But why are they in the sky?  I think they may have been used in an agricultural application to aid in water retention.  They could have dried out, and been blown/sucked airborne, or a crop duster was dropping them on a field and they were blown off course.  Or maybe they were already on the ground, and swelled from the falling rain, giving the appearance of falling from the sky.

    I don’t buy the airplane blue water theory.  I have heard a firsthand story from somebody that services lavs, and when that blue water freezes, it freezes solid.  When the frozen plug is manually removed from the service port, bad things are behind it.

  7. I found one of those on my sidewalk (southern US) several months ago.  I never did figure out what it was.

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