TaraH's picture

Unidentified Squidgey Thing

Observed: 25th December 2012 By: TaraH
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Description:

I came across this whilst walking in the Pentland hills near Edinburgh and remember seeing it before, years ago, in the Highlands but I've never had a positive ID. Any ideas would be great!

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Lucy Holt's picture

Squidgey thing

I have seen lots of this around recently too, always near water, i.e. loch, river or burn. I'd love to know what it is!

I also saw the other day something similar. Rather than a blob it was laid in a wiggly line and looked like silica gel, and had what looked like black fish eggs in a pile on top. Any ideas anyone??

nightfly's picture

Hi Lucy, Did it look like

Hi Lucy,

Did it look like this, it sounds like it:

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/312356?nav=related

Sounds like frog remains left by a predator.

Cathal.

Lucy Holt's picture

Yes! And funnily enough I

Yes! And funnily enough I just discovered that photo myself and came to the same conclusion.

Thanks for the help though.

Lucy

chrisbrooks's picture

Star Jelly

There is a debate about this but the general consensus is that it is the remains of a frog that has been rejected by a predator. There are other theories but by water would suggest the frog scenario.

nightfly's picture

Sorry TaraH, 'bot' above is

Sorry TaraH, 'bot' above is supposed to be not.

Cathal.

Lucy Holt's picture

Squidgey thing

OK, just discovered from another posting that the second thing I was describing were the innards and ova of a frog that had been discarded by the predator.

Thanks iSpot!

TaraH's picture

Brilliant!

Brilliant! Thanks for the ID Cathal. Thats one mystery solved. I'll need to go and find another.

Roger Gilbert's picture

Support for the Frog Spawn remains theory