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An ID please

I know it doesn't look very nice but can anyone tell me what this is

This lot was in the border by our pond

and I found some more in a dry bit of the garden

 

I have seen something like it on a beach but I live in Cambs...any ideas?

 

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Date Mon, 30/04/2012 - 19:09
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Well I'll go out on a limb Ann and say it is seaweed - wondering whether the high winds have whipped it up - remember many years ago when we had fish falling from the sky!!!! I believe the winds have been from the East - so not an enormous stretch really.Does it feel like seaweed? Or smell?

My only other guess would be the shed skin of a snake - but I wouldn't expect that to be so 'moist' but dry and leathery.

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Date Mon, 30/04/2012 - 19:25
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STAR JELLY !!!

Or as this programme says (click to go and listen to the programme)

Frog or frogspawn remains probably account for a lot of the mystery observations, but some of them will be other organisms such as:

A fungus that grows on wood, such as Exidia nucleata (Crystal brain)

Slime moulds, such as Mucilago crustaceae

Algae, such as Gloeocystis

Blue green bacteria, such as Nostoc

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Date Mon, 30/04/2012 - 19:42
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Thanks Stuart for such a comprehensive answer, the bluegreen bacteria looks the most likely.

I will research it further now that I have some sort of idea as to where to start.

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Date Mon, 30/04/2012 - 20:04
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If it's blue green? Keep dogs away from it. Deadly.

Monty.

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Date Mon, 30/04/2012 - 20:23
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Thanks for the warning Monty. we are looking after our neighbours dog next week so I will be careful to keep him out of our garden.

Ann Noden

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Date Mon, 30/04/2012 - 20:29
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I get a lot of this in my back yard, it has been concreted and this mould or slime is quite common, I have to try to scrape it up as nothing seems to clear it! I usually rinse down with Jeyes fluid after to try to kill whatever is left x

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Date Wed, 02/05/2012 - 16:24
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Stuart!! What are you doing to that poor dog???

Ann Noden

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Date Wed, 02/05/2012 - 16:47
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Sorry Ann .... somebody must have stolen her biscuit and you know how mental Spaniels are...she's obviously been going round in circles like a mad thing trying to find it ! 

Anyway I've given her another one to guard so she should be OK for a wee while now Laughing out loud

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Date Wed, 02/05/2012 - 19:23
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Thanks Stuart .... I thought that you were showing me what would happen if a dog eats the Blue-green bacteria.

You definitely pointed me in the right direction with the ID and I have come to the conclusion that it is Nostoc commune.

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