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Sea Slug? Disco Ball? Beautiful Deep-Sea Purple Blob Puzzles Scientists

Sea Slug? Disco Ball? Beautiful Deep-Sea Purple Blob Puzzles Scientists

Scientists working in deep sea have spotted something unusual off the waters of California coast.

In fact, the coolest thing about this discovery - apart from the fact that we might have just stumbled upon an entirely new species, of course - is seeing just how much fun the biologists are having as they make their find, throwing out nicknames like Blobus Purpilis and wondering just what the hell this thing is.

"We won't know definitively what it is for a while", they wrote.

"I'm stumped", one researcher remarked upon spotting the weird blob during the live broadcast.

According to a story published on the topic by Seeker News, "The as-of-yet unidentified purple orb could represent a previously unknown type of egg sac or a new species, according to researchers aboard the vessel, which has been streaming live footage".

Nudibranchs are marine mollusks. This internal shell dissipates as the mollusk approaches adulthood, sometimes disappearing completely.

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Back on the vessel, the blob unfolded to reveal "two distinct lobes".

Researchers have captured a sample of the creature using a suction tube and got up close with it.

Scientists have always been on the quest for finding new lifeforms and every time they do it's quite exciting.

A mysterious purple orb found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean stumped NOAA scientists onboard the Nautilus research vessel. A large network of scientists communicate and work in tandem with the Nautilus team, pointing out specimen that on-board scientists might otherwise miss. They tell us something, use a few big words and the rest of us Average Joes tend to blindly nod in approval.

"We sort of sail with a science team of hundreds", Poulton said.

Each year, researchers from the Ocean Exploration Trust spend their summers aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus conducting studies and collecting video deep below the surface of the ocean.

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