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Mysterious purple sphere found on sea floor

By T.K. Randall
July 28, 2016 · Comment icon 11 comments

This peculiar creature has never been seen before. Image Credit: NOAA
A remote-operated deep-sea exploration vehicle has discovered a peculiar purple orb underneath a rock.
The marine mystery was uncovered by the Exploration Vessel Nautilus during a recent deep-sea expedition to the Arguello Canyon near the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

The alien-looking object was found hidden beneath a rock more than 5,000ft under the surface.

The researchers involved in the expedition, who had never seen anything like it before, have suggested that it might be some sort of gastropod ( like a slug or a snail ).

Fortunately the team's remote-operated vehicle was actually able to collect the organism for further analysis however it will likely take several months for them to determine exactly what it is.

Source: Live Science | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by OverSword 8 years ago
I love listening to oceanographers talk on these videos.  Seems like a fun job.  Well, that part anyway.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Lucas Cooper Merrin 8 years ago
Ive searched the pokemon characters and its definitely not one of those!
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye 8 years ago
Should've let the red crab have a go at it first ... could've learned something from the natural interaction between the locals ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
2 years from now they overpopulate the surface of the Earth and we find out they're the distant cousins of a furry little creature from Iota Geminorum IV.
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Wow. Great video! Love how the crab was thinking about "capturing" it to possibly eat prior to the laser telemetry, which seemed to scare the crab. Of course, the underwater remote vehicle itself I'm sure scared the crab as well.
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Don't feed it.  It might be a sea-tribble!
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
From the looks of it, internally on the vid, my vote is that it is an egg sack of some type of currently unknown species type. It doesn't look like a specific mature marine animal, rather an egg sack. It's location (underneath a ledge) seems consistent with egg sack placement. My unknowlegable guess is that it is an egg sack for some type of jellyfish.
Comment icon #9 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
Their update is that they think it's a sea slug or relative.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
My guess would be a communal animal, like a siphonophore.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Nnicolette 8 years ago
Might be a koffing.

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