Visitors from outer space or a natural phenomena? Surfers and early morning walkers were stunned to find thousands of ‘alien eggs’ on a Sydney beach this weekend.
Locals in Dee Why, on the city’s North Shore, reported seeing a large number of the strange objects which had washed ashore overnight.
But rather than the green spheres being something from another planet, scientists explained they were a type of sponge-like seaweed that forms egg shapes possibly to protect themselves from predators.
Beach-goers said they’d never seen anything like it, describing the balls as ‘alien eggs, ‘alien hairballs’, Japanese moss balls and UFOs (Unidentified Floating Objects).
‘About three days ago, there were a few egg-shaped balls but then today, they were much bigger and everywhere on the beach,’ Naraweena resident Jenny Zhang told The Manly Daily.
Scarlett de Villiers from nearby Davidson saw the weird balls on her regular morning beach walk.
‘It was a windy day with a very high tide. I picked one up and squeezed it and it was so squishy – but I wasn’t sure if it was alive and was worried I might hurt anything inside!’ she told the Daily Mail. ‘It struck me how perfectly shaped they all were and how green and alive they looked.’