#1 Giant Mystery Blob Moves Through Alaskan Waters07-16-2009, 05:21 PMIt's big, it's black, it's gooey and it may be alive.
Giant blobs of thick, oily biological material are floating in the Arctic Ocean's Chukchi Sea north of the Bering Strait, reports the Anchorage Daily News.
"It's certainly biological," Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Hasenauer told the newspaper. "It's definitely not an oil product of any kind. It has no characteristics of an oil, or a hazardous substance, for that matter."
No one in the North Slope towns of Barrow and Wainwright can recall ever seeing anything like it.
Jellyfish and sea birds are getting caught up in the sticky, stinky stuff, which according to one official "has hairy strands on it."
"It's definitely, by the smell and the makeup of it, it's some sort of naturally occurring organic or otherwise marine organism," added Hasenauer.
07-16-2009, 07:14 PM
THE BLOB is for real!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek::DMay the FORCE be with you!
07-16-2009, 07:35 PM
I try to go for a nice relaxing dip in the ocean and people just go nutz :mad:I smile because I don't know what the heck is going on.
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07-16-2009, 10:13 PM
Somehow, this must be Palin's fault. Or Bush. Either way, it's directly the fault of some non-Democrat human.
#7 Update!07-17-2009, 03:58 PMBlack goop afloat off Arctic coast identified as algae
ALGAE: Still, experts don't know why there's so much of it.
By KYLE HOPKINS
Published: July 16th, 2009 07:57 PM
Last Modified: July 17th, 2009 11:20 AM
A sample of the giant black mystery blob that Wainwright hunters discovered this month floating in the Chukchi Sea has been identified.
It looks to be a stringy batch of algae. Not bunker oil seeping from an aging, sunken ship. Not a sea monster.
"We got the results back from the lab today," said Ed Meggert of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Fairbanks. "It was marine algae." ...
It's worth noting that Alaska Natives in the region reportedly hadn't seen anything like it before, he said.
But asked if the blob's surprise appearance could be connected to global warming, Whitledge hesitated to draw a link.
"The water's actually very cold this year compared to other years," he said.
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