Thousands of Mysterious Purple Spheres Discovered in the Desert [UPDATED]

Thousands of Mysterious Purple Spheres Discovered in the Desert [UPDATED]

Photo of the mysterious purple spheres snapped by Geradine Vargas

Photo of the weird spheres snapped by Geradine Vargas

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!

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  1. Totem

    01/31/2013 at 7:07 PM

    That’s what happens when aliens flush the UFO loo over the desert.

    • Greg Newkirk

      01/31/2013 at 11:39 PM

      Some poor fool is going to try bathing with these.

  2. 3amfright

    01/31/2013 at 9:30 PM

    Whatever they are they respond to color almost like bubbles, there are tones of purples and the camera’s lens has reflected blue dots throughout them. I can see they also magnify what they are resting on when you are looking through them.

    Odds are it probably is waste, or what is left of it being broken down by some chemicals.

    Maybe Totem is right, at least the aliens loo dump is prettier than what our planes drop.

    OR they are a form of undeveloped ocean creatures like jellyfish that got sucked up during a storm and dumped there as it crossed the desert.

    Did they scoop up a sample or two?

    • Gary

      02/02/2013 at 8:18 PM

      The same phenomenon occurred in Bournemouth, England in 2012. Watch this youtube video:

      Scientists speculate that they may be marine invertebrate eggs.

  3. Ken D. Webber

    02/01/2013 at 10:55 AM

    “keep plants hydrated…” Let’s see, middle of desert, keeping “certain” plants hydrated… howabout marijuana plants.

  4. Red Pill Junkie

    02/01/2013 at 2:50 PM

    Nice job in remembering the Dorset event ūüėČ

  5. John

    02/01/2013 at 6:40 PM

    these are Orbees…

    Sigh.. news today…

  6. TruthIsTreason

    02/02/2013 at 11:21 AM

    Did NO ONE take samples of this stuff? That would seem like a no-brainer.

  7. wtf

    02/02/2013 at 5:47 PM

    WTF people. Grab one, put it in a container, give it to a real scientist, and have them put it into a DNA sequencing machine. Simple as that.

  8. NorCal Guy

    02/06/2013 at 5:48 PM

    Bad batch of Paintballs??

  9. Bill Bloggs

    02/08/2013 at 3:34 PM

    another sad day for the American education system…

  10. nindica pinion

    02/17/2013 at 10:37 PM

    Review, Purple Globs Tucson, Sweet Clean Up Crew

    According to reverse speech…

    “The little purple spheres were part of the clean up of some nasty reptilian technology.”

    Log in to hear reversed audio files.

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  12. T

    03/10/2013 at 12:32 PM

    They look like what a previous commenter said. Orbeez. Water loving polymers that are now a toy, but were used to prevent crops from being lost during droughts by being added to the soil. They slowly lose their water. Is there a farm or even a golf course nearby where these were found? see:

  13. Huckleberry Jinn

    03/12/2013 at 10:40 PM

    Anyone think of pwdr ser, star jelly? It’s a quasi-mythical gellatinous substance said to fall during meteor showers. I’d never heard of it until I read an entry in Jerome Clark’s “Unexplained!” book. Here’s a wiki link about it:

    Sounds like this is the culprit! I’d say “case closed” if pwdr ser weren’t a mystery itself.

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