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.