Researchers discover mysterious ‘golden egg’ in Gulf of Alaska: Report

NOAA Ocean Exploration researchers discovered a mysterious ‘golden egg’ like object while diving on a seamount within the Gulf of Alaska, the federal group shared a blog on its official web site. 

Initially, NOAA referred to the nonetheless-unidentified object as a ‘yellow hat’ but now it calls it a ‘golden egg’ or ‘golden orb’. 

“Amid a smattering of white sponges, this clean, gold, dome-shaped specimen, somewhat over 10 centimeters (four inches) in diameter, was tightly adhered to a rock. A small gap or tear near its base revealed a equally coloured inside,” the weblog read. 

“As cameras zoomed in, scientists have been stumped as to its identification, with preliminary thoughts ranging from a lifeless sponge attachment, to coral, to an egg casing,” it added. 

Sam Candio, an expedition coordinator at NOAA Ocean Exploration stated, “Isn’t the deep sea so delightfully strange?”

He additional elaborated, “While we have been capable of gather the ‘golden orb’ and convey it onto the ship, we still aren’t capable of determine it beyond the fact that it’s biological in origin.”

“We possible won’t study more till we are capable of get it into a laboratory setting where we will continue to tug from the collective experience of the scientific group with more refined tools than we’re capable of keep on the ship. While somewhat humbling to be stumped by this discovering, it serves as a reminder of how little we find out about our personal planet and the way much is left to study and respect about our ocean,” Candio stated in the NOAA’s weblog. 

The expedition coordinator additionally noted that it is still unclear if the golden dome is related to a recognized species, a new species, or maybe represents an unknown life stage of an present one, NOAA stated. 

He believes that the new species have the potential to reveal new sources for medical therapies and vaccines, food, power, and different societal advantages and information. The researchers are nonetheless working to unveil the ‘golden egg’ thriller. 

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Up to date: 09 Sep 2023, 02:01 PM IST

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