ENVIRONMENT
08/17/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Giant Blob Of Floating Goo Found Off Alaska's Coast (VIDEO)

UPDATE:

The mysterious blob has been identified - it appears to be algae.

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Sometimes reality is even stranger than science fiction. A huge unknown substance, described by eye witnesses as a dark, gooey blob is floating off the north coast of Alaska. No one in the area remembers seeing anything like it before.

According to Don Hunter of The Alaska Daily News:

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."

Samples have been taken for laboratory testing to help unlock this mystery.

A team from the North Slope in Alaska shot this video footage from a helicopter.