Metamorphosis

News: Large Pods Found Growing in Local Trees

An unusual discovery: Large mysterious pods found in trees in Calgary area may be incubators, or strange new type of fruit or seed. Photo: Jennifer Akkermans

DAVE JOHNSON Calgary News

Founder and Chief Researcher of the IMR, Jennifer Akkermans, has reported discovering these on a field trip into Fish Creek Park (Calgary, Alberta), Monday afternoon.  They appear to be large pods, hanging from the trees.

Akkermans says, “I’ve actually been watching these for a couple of weeks now.  They have grown substantially; they are now probably four or five times the size they were when I first saw them.  They’ve also changed color, shape and texture- when I first saw them, they were about the size, shape and color of a Bartlett pear.  Though I am not a botanist, I do know that the climate here in Calgary is not ideal for pears, and so they did catch my attention.”

Akkermans had been watching them grow for a couple of weeks before they had started to develop the signature “peeling skin” texture that the Morphoids she studies are famous for.  ”When I saw that they were developing the classic Morphoid skin, I knew they were Morphoids.  These are different than most Morphoids, however, because they do not seem to be animal, unless they are in a hibernation or cocoon state.”  Akkermans will not give out the exact location of these unusual pods, as she does not want them to be disturbed by the public.

Are they indeed cocoons, or hibernating animals, or are they possibly some new kind of Morphoid vegetation?

Time will tell.

In Retrospect: Calgary News Nightly News Clip!

We realize this is really far after the fact, but we’ve only recently found it on the internet.

In this clip, Jennifer is talking with news anchor, Robin Roberts, about the giant pods.

Enjoy.

Meet the Morphoids: Bacteriophages

Meet the Bacteriophages!

Well, the ones we managed to catch, anyway.  These little guys (only about 14″ long) hatched out of the pods we had been watching in the woods.  These guys move very quickly, and seem to be a herd animal – I can’t get one on it’s own to get a better look at it.  While they do vary a bit in size and shape, in general, all of the bacteriophages seem to be consistently part of a larger whole.  These guys seem to rally around the larger beings in their group…. could they possibly have a hierarchy, or a structured society like that of bees?

News: The Pods Have Hatched!

The pods I have been watching have hatched!  It was very sudden…. I could hear this strange creaking noise, and then, all of the sudden, CRACK!  It sounded like a huge tree had fallen over, but it was one of the pods, ripping open, and spilling these little creatures down through the branches to the ground.  The second and third pods cracked open within a few seconds, and then there were nothing but all of these little pink Morphoids zipping around!  There must have been at least two hundred of them! We managed to get this picture, and catch a few of the little guys, but they were so fast!

I guess the pods were a sort of incubator, after all.

I will post more on these guys soon, after  we’ve had more time to do a preliminary study of them.

 

News: The Pods Are Cracking….!

The pods  I’ve been watching for the last few weeks are starting to crack!  This photo was taken over the last couple of days… you can see where the surface is cracking, and something is starting to hatch!  I have been watching quite closely the last few days, taking two or three trips into the park to check on their progress.  I will keep you all informed if anything else should develop.