Giant Mysterious Blob off Alaska Coast Identified

July 18, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A sample of the giant black mystery blob that Inupiat Eskimo hunters discovered this month floating in the Chukchi Sea off the north coast of Alaska has been identified. Miles of the thick, dark gunk had been spotted floating between Barrow and Wainwright, prompting the Coast Guard to investigate last week. Test results released Thursday by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in Fairbanks, showed the blob wasn’t a man-made hazard like oil, but a plant – a massive bloom of algae. Algal blooms are a common and often menacing event along many U.S. coastlines but no one recalls seeing them so far north. Some strains of algae can produce neurotoxins and can close beaches and poison seafood, posing a hazard to consumers.


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  1. chukchi sea blob | Fooner on July 19th, 2009 12:52 am

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