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


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.

Radiolaria: Defense Mechanism

In this video, the Radiolaria use what seems to be the fallback defense mechanism for the Morphoids.  This footage was shot by setting up a camera and then leaving the Radios alone for quite some time, so they would no longer feel threatened, and possibly reveal their true natures.  If you look closely, you may see them move.

Sepal: Effective Camouflage


Sepal has very effective camouflage. At first, when I discovered him, all I could see was the movement. When I looked, I couldn’t make out exactly what was moving, and then I saw it.  I had never seen anything like it.  Sepal is a creature of an unusual color, texture, and shape. He doesn’t seem to have any sort of a face- no obvious eyes, nose or mouth.  It also seems to move very quickly, but slyly, and almost when you are not looking.

Question: What do they eat? Where do they live?

Please see the individual category links for more information on each specific type of Morphoid.  The information we have on each specific Morphoid is listed there.

Gynoecium: Natural Habitat


Gynoecium seems to enjoy smaller compact spaces. Here he is in the cave where he lived before I picked him up to study him in greater detail.  Gynoecium is a very slow mover, and we think that small spaces offer him the protection that is vital to his survival.

Meet the Morphoids: Radiolaria


These we haven’t officially named yet, but I’ve been calling them Radiolaria, after a similarly shaped organism Ernst Haeckle discovered and studied in the early 1900’s. These are really curious creatures, in that they seem to be more active inside of themselves.  We am not sure if they are in a state of hibernation or possibly metamorphosis.

Question: Who are you?

Who, us?

The Institute of Morphoid Research is the world’s foremost institute dedicated to…, well, morphoid research.  We operate our research initiatives and this website out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Who, me?

My name is Jennifer Akkermans, and I am the Founder and Chief Researcher of the Institute of Morphoid Research.  I have been studying the Morphoids since I discovered them in early 2010, and am currently the world’s foremost scholar in this particular area of cryptozoology. If you’d like to learn more about me, check out my personal website at or my blog,

Meet The Morphoids: Gynoecium

Question: Why haven’t I ever seen a Morphoid?

The Morphoids are very shy creatures, and have extremely effective camouflage.  They seem to move when we aren’t looking.  Most seem to be afraid of humans, and avoid contact with us.

Pteropod: Natural Habitat



It seems that Pteropod was just waiting for someone to discover her.  She was found in the low branches of a tree, which we believe to be her preferred habitat.  Her long arms seem to allow her to move more fluidly through the branches.