What the heck is it? Mystery “goo” found floating off Northern Alaskan Coast

Mike Schuler
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July 17, 2009

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This is pretty gross.  In the Chukchi Sea between Wainwright and Barrow in Norther Alaska, a mysterious “goo” has been spotted drifting in a strand of 12 to 15 miles long, leaving everyone scratching their heads as to it’s origins.

Nobody knows for sure what the gunk is, but Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Hasenauer says the Coast Guard is sure what it is not.

“It’s certainly biological,” Hasenauer said. “It’s definitely not an oil product of any kind. It has no characteristics of an oil, or a hazardous substance, for that matter.

“It’s definitely, by the smell and the makeup of it, it’s some sort of naturally occurring organic or otherwise marine organism.”

While early samples were able to determine that the “goo” was most certainly caused by a natural occurrence, possibly a marine algae bloom of an unknown species, scientists are reluctant to speculate what exactly produced it and where it came from.

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