When a photographer and her husband trekked into the desert for a routine shoot, they didn’t expect to stumble onto an odd scene that left them scratching their heads: thousands of mysterious, gelatinous, purple orbs scattered in a circle in the middle of nowhere.
“We were taking photos around the area and we just… I mean, how could you miss this?” Geradine Vargas told KGUN-9. “It was just, like, glittering in the sun.”
Littered on the desert dirt were thousands of weird, purple orbs. They appeared to be gelatinous, filled with some kind of liquid, almost resembling frog eggs. Only supplementing the strangeness of the spheres were their location – the middle of the desert. Luckily, Vargas was a photographer and managed to snap a few photos of her find.
“We did email a friend of ours who’s a zoologist, but she didn’t know…i mean, she didn’t seem to recognize what it was.”
The KGUN-9 News team did their own research into the objects, with a Tucson Botanical Gardens botanist telling them that the strange orbs could be a kind of slime mold or jelly fungus. Our friend and Phoenix, AZ resident Jim Lippard let us know that the find comes after a record rain in the area, which could support the slime mold theory.
Another theory posed by some members of the Above Top Secret forums is that the purple spheres could be “art deco beads” used to keep plants hydrated (and stylish). But yet.. what would thousands of them be doing in the middle of the Arizona desert? Adding to the mystery is that if they were decorative plant beads (which are a bit expensive to be discarding so many of casually), they would need to be getting moisture from somewhere, otherwise they would dry and shrivel up quite quickly.
According to KGUN-9, the spheres are still there, glistening away in the sun, and they ooze a strange liquid when squeezed. One only hopes they washed their hands afterwards.
While the debate about exactly what these weird globs are, it’s worth mentioning the strange coincidence that on the exact date just last year, some very similar looking objects fell from the sky in Dorset, England. Those odd little orbs were a blue color, and fell in a “flash storm” that lasted about 20 seconds. Could there be a connection?
Extraterrestrial eggs dumped from a passing UFO? The product of an unexplained meteorological event? A beautiful gag conducted by a few bored photographers? We want to know what you think the mysterious purple objects are. Tweet us @WhoForted, drop us a line on our Official Facebook page, or give us your opinion in the comments below!