"It wasn't attached to the ground or anything," explained [Richard] Turner in an email to io9, "[it was] just lying there in the grass. I've shown the picture to a bunch of people and nobody has any idea what it is."
Turner described the mass as unusually soft, almost like jello, a characteristic he deduced by poking at it with a pen. Even though it didn't appear to be alive, Turner said he "didn't want to touch it or bring it home, since I just saw Prometheus, and know better than to get my face close to it."
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