July 20, 2009

Great Blob of Alaska

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This Great Blob of Alaska, that has been haunting the world like something out of a horror movie, has finally been figured out by scientists. Turns out is wasn't made of oil, and wasn't a monster either, at least not exactly. It is made up of plant life, a giant blob of algae!

Some may remember the "Red Tide" in New England a few years ago, which was a similarform of algae, but apparently this one in Alaska is less toxic than that one in Maine. Basically the water around Alaska is now like a giant swimming pool that wasn't cleaned often enough. But the blob of algae should move on and dissipate over time, and people don't do a lot of fishing there so life won't be affected too much.

Great Blob of Alaska

"A group of hunters aboard a small boat out of the tiny Alaska village of Wainwright were the first to spot what would eventually be called "the blob"... But what was it? An oil slick? Some sort of immense, amorphous organism adrift in some of the planet's most remote waters? Maybe a worrisome sign of global climate change? Or, as folks wondered who followed from faraway via the internet, was it something insidious and, perhaps, even carnivorous like the man-eating jello from the old Steve McQueen movie that inspired the Alaska phenomenon's nickname..."

Great Blob of Alaska

Posted at July 20, 2009 3:09 AM

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