How would you react if you walked out into your backyard and came across something resembling an egg sac straight out of the “Alien” movies? When one woman found herself staring at one such a strange sight, she immediately started recording. That’s because she knew exactly what was inside, and was excited to watch it emerging from its “egg.”
The thing inside wasn’t a bird or some sort of extraterrestrial creature, though. It was a totally normal — if not freaky looking — fungus called Clathrus archeri, better known as octopus stinkhorn or devil’s fingers.
Inside the membrane, the fungus resembles alien-like tentacles ready to break free and start attaching themselves to people’s face.
Once emerged? Well, they pretty much look the same, with a pinkish-red interior covered with a dark, sticky coating, which is a spore-containing gleba. These creepy things can be found all over the world, and their appearance isn’t their only unpleasant feature.
In maturity, they give off a horrible stench that smells like putrid flesh. Fun, right? But as it turns out, they’re edible, though you’d only want to eat them as a last resort because they also taste awful.
Check out the woman’s time-lapsed footage of the fungus emerging from an egg. Even though I know what it is, I can’t stop my mind from jumping straight to an alien.