There are many diverse animals and plants that live on this planet, many of which we have never encountered or seen.

In the year 2020, a woman from North Carolina named Regan Daniels was taking her customary stroll in the park in her hometown when she came across something strange but fascinating at the same time.

Daniels sent images of the bizarre-looking fungus to the Facebook group Mushroomcore, expecting that the organization’s members would like it. She did not anticipate that her post would be seen by thousands of people.

Xylaria polymorpha, a sort of fungus that resembles the toes or fingers of a dead person trying to break through the ground, is what Daniels discovered. “Saw this Dead Man’s Fingers (or toes in this case) fungus that I literally thought was a Halloween decoration!” she said in her picture, which featured the swollen, blackened “fingers.”

If you are attentive enough, you may see the fungus for yourself. Many of the people who were completely astounded by the photographs were unaware that it is actually extremely widespread and is ubiquitous in Britain, Ireland, continental Europe, and different locations across North America.

Dead Man’s Fingers are frequently spotted popping up through moss and decaying leaves because these mushrooms are typically found in areas of dead or rotting wood.

Many individuals thought Daniels’ photographs were too fantastical to be true, but those who had also seen the mushrooms concurred that they were probably real. Daniels told Bored Panda that he discovered the fungus in a park he frequently visits in Western North Carolina, United States, adding that “the walk is nice and it’s next to the French Broad River so there’s a lot of good scenery.”

How do you feel about Daniels’ discovery? Have you ever witnessed anything comparable?

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