Mystery Orange goo found in Alaska is actually fungal spores

August 19th, 2011 - 11:03 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Alaska, Aug 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A group of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have announced that a mysterious orange goo recently discovered on the shoreline of an Alaskan village is in fact not an egg but fungal spores. It was initially suspected the deposits were either eggs or embryos that have been laid up on the shore by certain creatures in the water.

In a statement released by NOAA’s Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research, the scientists said that, “The spores are unlike others we and our network of specialists have examined; however, many rust fungi of the Arctic tundra have yet to be identified.”

The scientists say the spores are likely harmless. The community of Kivalina on the Chukchi Sea coast was surprised to find the matter on the coast last month. As initial investigation by Alaska’s NOAA concluded that the matter was eggs of some crustaceans.

The scientists admitted that they have done little research on the material that they found. A spokesperson of NOAA’s National Fisheries Service in Alaska, Julie Speegle, assured that, “There just has not been a lot of research done on rust fungi in the Arctic. This is one that we’ve never encountered before that we know of.”

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