Unknown Mass in Pond

Asked October 17, 2016, 7:41 PM EDT

Live and have 1/4 acre pond in PA. Noticed a large mass about 18 inches in diameter, floating in pond. Tried to retrieve it would either float or sink when pressure applied. It would stay submerged or would float depending on where you pushed it. Got it to edge of pond but when I tried to lift it out, the stick would just cut right through it. The outside of the sphere looked like a dimpled muddy, perfectly spherical, glob. Inside was mostly a totally clear jelly substance but some areas looked bloody, pinkish red in color. There appears to be some tiny black specks in some parts. The size, about 18" in diameter amazed me and I have no idea what it is. Do you?

Blair County Pennsylvania

1 Response

I checked with one of our Virginia State University Aquaculture Specialists, He identified this as a Bryozoan.

This is a link to web page that have information on Bryozoan.
1. http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/bryozoa/bryozoa.html this is a university site
2. http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/swimming/bryozoan.html this is a public health site

I hope you find this helpful.