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Mysterious 'golden egg' discovered on the ocean floor

By T.K. Randall
September 6, 2023 · Comment icon 9 comments

What exactly is this thing ? Image Credit: NOAA Ocean Exploration
The unidentified object, which has been likened to one of the eggs from the movie 'Alien', was found off the coast of Alaska.
Discovered by researchers during an ongoing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expedition, the 'egg' was gold in color and made of a thin, skin-like tissue.

It was found approximately two miles beneath the surface of the Pacific off the Alaskan coast.

"Something tried to get in... or to get out," said one of the researchers.

To study it further, the team used a remotely-operated arm and vacuum to retrieve it and bring it back up to the surface where DNA testing will hopefully reveal more about it.
"I just hope when we poke it, something doesn't decide to come out," another researcher commented.

"When our collective knowledge can't identify it, it's something weird."

"What kind of an animal would make an egg casing like that?"

Source: Mail Online | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 10 months ago
The original "Blob" movie, that's what it reminds me of
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 10 months ago
Impressive. And I've heard that, like within the jungles on land, in the oceans there are new organisms found somewhat frequently-- and many others yet to be discovered. The oceans in particular sure can host some truly varied and bizarre creatures.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Nicolette 10 months ago
They will do dna analysis so lets see who can guess it! I vote for shark egg. Notice the the identical looking rare lone shark egg in this article was found during the same week of the year, they are probably in season.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by MissJatti 10 months ago
An alien egg
Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters 10 months ago
'It is biological in origin': 1st analysis of weird golden orb from ocean floor leaves scientists stumped "While we were able to collect the 'golden orb' and bring it onto the ship, we still are not able to identify it beyond the fact that it is biological in origin," Sam Candio, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Exploration expedition coordinator said in a statement.  "While somewhat humbling to be stumped by this finding, it serves as a reminder of how little we know about our own planet and how much is left to learn and appreciate about our ocean." https://... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Nicolette 10 months ago
See this is why a.i. is taking over jobs. I am going to be so disappointed in them if they continue to be stumped and it turns out to be the shark egg i found on google 2 min. after seeing thier photo, and it probably is.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Still Waters 10 months ago
Team Egg or Team Sponge? Scientists divided over identity of mysterious golden orb from bottom of ocean The leading theories are that the gold orb is an egg case of a potentially unknown species, or that it's a type of sponge. "I'm Team Egg Case at the moment, but I'm excited to find out," Candino said.  Jon Copley, a professor of deep-sea ecology and ocean exploration at the University of Southampton in England who was not involved with the mission, is leaning toward sponge "because of the fibrous texture in the pictures," he told Live Science via email. "But that's pure speculation without ... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles 10 months ago
Just a clickbait non story.  That is why they used "Golden Egg" in the title.   Yellowish blob isn't fancy enough.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Still Waters 10 months ago
A non story? Perhaps you can tell the scientists what the 'yellowish blob' is?

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