The Unexplained: What were the mysterious blobs?

Star jelly is sticky, slimy goo, in puddles or patches, that’s said to fall from the skies, usually associated with meteor storms or with shooting stars. Photo:

He planned to run more tests, but the samples were gone. Where? All management told him was “don’t ask.”

It has been over twenty years since that strange rain—over twenty years since some unknown substance rained down from the skies a total of six different occasions in a little town in Washington state.

Little Oakville, Washington barely had a population of 665 human beings, but for some bizarre reason, it seemed to be singled out for the strange rain.

People riding along the area roads there on that August 7th day at three p.m. thought it was one of the usual rains that happened in the town in which it had sometimes been known to rain on 275 days of the year.  But, when they turned on their windshield wipers, they knew different.  The windshields blurred up so bad the drivers had to pull off the road.  They couldn’t see through the glass.

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When some of the drivers got out of their cars to examine the situation they were pelted on the head by blobs of Jello—or so it seemed, and that was what was smearing on their windshields.

The citizens of the town were confounded.  They wanted the blobs to be examined in a laboratory.  At the time many of the citizens of Oakville got ill and developed a flu-like illness.  It lasted three months for some people.

Samples were sent to the Washington Department of Health.  Would the lab get some answers?

Mike McDowell secured the samples in his area and began running tests on the substances.  They found two organisms in the gooey blobs:  Pseudomonas Fluorescent and Enterobacter Cloacae.  Ether one had the potential to produce severe illness.

When McDowell came in the next day, he planned to run more tests and to have some of his co-workers also test the samples as a control.

The samples were gone.  Frustrated, Mike demanded to know from management where his samples went.  The reply from management was, “Don’t ask.”

What was the mysterious jelly?

Dreamy people have come to call it Star Jelly.  Many think they are parts of jellyfish blown up in offshore explosions conducted by the government.  Citizens had reported recent fly-overs by all types of military aircraft.

Were they jellyfish sucked up by a storm and redistributed? To some, the substance seemed like the egg jelly or egg coat of frog spawn, minus the little black eggs.  The jelly or even the old jelly did not smell, as frog or jellyfish by-products would, especially after a few days—there was no odor.

The lab has no record of what happened to Mike’s samples, and to this day no one knows what the jelly substance was—nor why it appeared from the skies on six separate days at Oakville.

The Oakville Blobs are a big mystery.

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Curious, Indeed, a collection of true stories about the bizarre and unexplained. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

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