Strange ‘blue goo’ found in the sea surprises scientists

(ORDO NEWS) — “Unknown blue organism” was observed by researchers several times during a dive in the Caribbean Sea.

This year, scientists remotely operating a vehicle (ROV) in the Caribbean encountered a mysterious organism. At present, this azure lump remains unidentified, but it is speculated that it may be some kind of soft coral or sponge.

A strange blue slime was spotted during the third Voyage to the Ridge 2022 dive, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports on its website.

In the southwest of Sainte-Croix in the Caribbean, researchers have observed an unidentified blue organism several times.

“Okay, now we’ve seen a few of these and I think the mystery will continue until samples are collected,” said one of the ROV operators. “We’re still unsure and we all love this mystery.”

Scientists believe that this is a soft coral or sponge. Soft corals like Smurf and Sansibia flava polyps can wear some blue. As for ocean sponges, Haliclona caerulea is a blue variety that is also found in the Caribbean.

NOAA oceanographers are far from new to ocean research, and they often encounter at least one unidentified organism on a single dive.

In the past, they have found ravioli-like starfish, as well as strange holes in the seafloor that look like they were dug by humans.


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