Mysterious orange goo in Alaska identified, NOAA says

By on Aug 9, 2011 in Environment, Science, United States, Weird Comments

The mysterious orange goo that washed up a shore in Alaska last week has been identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).



Mysterious orange goo, found in Alaska
Image Credit: fakr.noaa.gov

According to NOAA on its official website on Monday, August 8, 2011, the mysterious orange goo is a mass of microscopic eggs filled with fatty droplets, most probably to be of a small crustacean.

“We now think these are some sort of small crustacean egg or embryo, with a lipid oil droplet in the middle causing the orange color,” NOAA lead scientist Jeep Rice said on the report.

“So this is natural. It is not chemical pollution; it is not a man-made substance.” Rice added, denying early rumors that the orange goo could be a form of alien life.

“It was easy to see cellular structure surrounding the lipid droplet, and to identify this as ‘animal’. We have determined these are small invertebrate eggs, although we cannot tell which species.” Rice explained.

The mysterious orange substance was identified by Mr. Rice along with a team of NOAA biologists and chemists using a high-powered microscope, after they received a sample last Saturday.

As reported earlier, the orange goo was discovered in Kivalina, Alaska and was also seen in some of the residents’ rain buckets, who dumped the water due to its unusual color.



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