July 15, 2009

Alaskan “blob” stumps Coast Guard

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A mysterious “gooey” blob of unknown origins is drifting past the northern coast of Alaska, reports Don Hunter in the Anchorage Daily News. The substance, which stretches 12 miles long in places, is thick, dark and biological. Though it resembles oil from the air and discolors ice it passes, the Coast Guard has already determined the blob is a naturally occurring organism, and samples are being tested in Anchorage. Some speculate the organism might be a massive algae bloom, but no one has seen anything like this in the ocean before.

– Emily Linroth

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