Orange Goo In Alaska Identified

August 9, 2011 by USA Post 

Orange Goo In Alaska IdentifiedOrange Goo In Alaska Identified, Do not expect the world to end yet – scientists at NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center Auke Bay Laboratory have identified the mysterious orange sticky substance that washed up on beaches in northwestern Alaska last week.

It was not, as some have suggested, a form of extraterrestrial life or a career beyond the control of hazardous substances. Instead of hundreds of kilos of hair orange material in the bay near the small village of Kivalina proved microscopic eggs.

“Now I think these are kind of small crustaceans, egg or embryo, with an oil droplet of lipids in the center by the color orange,” said Rice, Jeep, a lead scientist at the NOAA lab in Juneau, in a statement. “So this is natural, not chemical pollution; there is a substance made by man.”

“It was easy to see the cellular structure surrounding the lipid droplets, and identify it as ‘animal’,” said Rice. “We determined that these are small invertebrate eggs, but can not say that species.”

The reports of sightings and the press led to a wave of news and blogs, some with a bit exaggerated and decidedly non-scientific ideas of what might have caused the phenomenon. However, while neither NOAA scientists nor villagers had seen anything like it before the eggs, which are clearly of natural origin, says Rice. Samples have been sent to other laboratories to try to determine what species of marine animals they represent.

Kivalina is a remote Inupiat Eskimo village on Alaska’s northwest coast, halfway between Kotzebue and Point Hope.

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