By Daily Mail Reporter

Tuscon locals are baffled by the appearance of thousands of tiny, purple sphere that have appeared in the middle of a desert.

Geradine Vargas and her husband discovered the strange collection Sunday while on a walk.

'We were taking photos around the area and we just.... I mean, how could you miss this?' Geradine said. 'It was just like glittering in the  sun.'

'It's just one of those things that you've never seen before.'

Some of the spheres were watery and others translucent.

They were completed isolated from the rest of the desert terrain.

'We did email a friend of ours who's a zoologist, but she didn't know,' Gerardine told reporters at KGUN-9. 'I mean, she didn't seem to recognize what it was.'

The news station checked out the spheres, reporting that they were like 'gooey marbles that ooze out a water substance when squished.'

Darlene Buhrow, director of marketing for Tucson Botanical Gardens said that after speaking to a botanist learned that, if the spheres are naturally occurring, they could be a slime mold or jelly fungus.

Other suggest they are a product, like Deco Beads which are small, colored, water-filled balls designed to keep plants hydrated. Though that does little to explain why thousands of them would have been put in the desert.


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  •  Eldensword: 
    I would love to get onboard the "oooh!" and "aaaahhh!" train on this one since this is close to home, however - WHERE IS THE REST OF THE STORY?? From those that found it, where are the details? Like, were there any vehicle tracks in the area? Where is the nearest road? Were there lots of footprints around it, or ANY? What faces the other direction from the one, down-low pic of the spheres? I picture a rest area or truck stop 100 yards away otherwise, making this a load of "aquarium toys" that fell of the truck. More deets people!
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