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Mysterious 'golden egg' discovered in Pacific Ocean off Alaska's coast puzzles scientists

A mysterious golden orb found on the ocean floor off Alaska's coast baffles scientists, prompting extensive investigation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during their ocean exploration mission.

Mysterious 'golden egg' discovered in Pacific Ocean off Alaska's coast puzzles scientists snt
First Published Sep 10, 2023, 11:23 AM IST

A mysterious 'golden' orb, reminiscent of an egg, has been discovered resting on the Pacific Ocean floor off the coast of Alaska, leaving scientists puzzled about its origin. This intriguing find was made by a research team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on August 30.

The team of explorers stumbled upon this shiny golden orb while conducting research around an extinct volcano during the Seascape Alaska 5 expedition. The discovery occurred at a depth of approximately two miles below the ocean's surface. The object measures over 10 centimeters (4 inches) in diameter and bears a small tear near its base.

The NOAA shared an image of this enigmatic object on Twitter with the caption, "This golden orb, likely an egg casing, struck an imaginative chord for many watching yesterday."

Upon closer examination, scientists found themselves at a loss when it came to identifying the object. Their initial speculations ranged from it being a dead sponge attachment to coral, or even an egg casing, but no definitive conclusion emerged.

The agency added a touch of enchantment to the narrative, playfully dubbing the specimen a 'golden orb' and even a 'golden egg.'

The true nature of this golden dome remains shrouded in mystery. According to Sam Candio, an NOAA Ocean Exploration coordinator, it is unclear whether the orb is linked to a known species, represents a new species, or signifies an unknown life stage of an existing species.

Candio stated, ''While we were able to collect the 'golden orb' and bring it onto the ship, we still are not able to identify it beyond the fact that it is of biological origin.''

To unravel the secrets concealed by this shiny object, the NOAA plans to subject it to further investigation in a laboratory setting, harnessing the "collective expertise of the scientific community" and employing "more sophisticated tools."

In conclusion, Candio reflected, "While it is somewhat humbling to be perplexed by this discovery, it serves as a reminder of how limited our knowledge is about our own planet and how much remains to be learned and appreciated about our ocean."

The NOAA is presently engaged in a five-month mission to explore the depths of the sea near Alaska.

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