Gelatinous blobs found in a park on Cairns street in Queensland, Australia, after rainy weather have some experts wondering if it’s a jellyfish.
But a scientist could not identify them from photos taken by Peter Burgess, who was sitting on his back veranda at his Smithfield home on a rainy Saturday, when weather conditions became more intense and what he described as a “mini tornado” hit, News.com.au reports.
“Suddenly it was extremely windy to the point where I was frightened and ran inside,” he said.
“It was exactly what I’d experienced in Sydney [in December 2005] and what was reported after ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, which created mini tornadoes sporadically down the coast.
“There were incredibly strong winds and a noise like a jet engine.”
The mini tornado went on for about a minute and affected a 656 foot stretch of a Smithfield road.
Photos of uprooted and snapped trees and two unidentified, translucent blobs, which Burgess believes are jellyfish, were captured on his phone.
If that’s what it is, they may have traveled about 2 miles inland but a leading stinger expert from James Cook University, Jamie Seymour, couldn’t identify them.
According to Robin Nataniela, forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, there was no official record of a mini tornado taking place in Smithfield on Saturday, but it was theoretically possible.
“It could have been a landspout, waterspout or a funnel cloud,” Nataniela said.
The substance was likely “star jelly,” which occurs after rain, and has caused quite a stir, according to the Huffington Post. The goo has been identified as frog spawn or slime mold by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
“Shark tornadoes” have never been reported, but there are various accounts of tornadoes and waterspouts lifting animals like fish, frogs and even alligators and dropping them ashore, reports the Mother Nature Network.
According to a report, jellyfish, about the size of a shilling, allegedly rained by the thousands in Bath, England, in 1894.