A mystery of minuscule proportions
A Marlborough man is looking for help to solve a mystery of minuscule proportions.
Every time it rains thousands of tiny snail-like shells appear on the path outside David and Pat Olliver’s house.
Invisible to the naked eye, the pin-sized hulls lay seemingly discarded, only to be crunched underfoot.
The sudden appearance has left the Blenheim pensioner puzzled.
‘‘I’ve never struck anything like it in my life.
‘‘It really makes you wonder where they came from and you’d think if there were little snails about then there would be big snails too but I hardly ever see any, or any trails.
‘‘It’s past April Fool’s Day so people will know I’m not joking. I really want to know what they are and where they come from.’’
David says the footpath outside their Springland’s home is awash with the empty shells.
While he says he is unaware if his neighbours have seen the same phenomenon, the mysterious occurrence only ever happens at the front of the property.
‘‘To start with we thought they were bits of gravel or similar. If
‘‘It's past April Fool's Day so people will know I'm not joking. I really want to know what they are and where they come from.’’
there’s a decent amount of rain it’s crunch, crunch, crunch as far as the front door.
‘‘I only realised they were shells when I had a look under a magnifying glass and as far as I can see, there’s nothing in them.’’
The first few shells started appearing about two years ago and gradually increased in number. David says there are now so many of them they often seem to ‘‘clump together’’.
‘‘We didn’t pay much attention at first and it really all started with the noise so I picked up a few and looked at them carefully.
‘‘They are perfectly formed shells; it’s just really strange and I’d love to know about them.
‘‘It’s quite a mystery.’’