Alaska's mystery substance is mass of eggs, lab says
This orange substance mystified residents of Kivalina, Alaska, when it appeared on their shore Wednesday.
August 8th, 2011
10:26 PM ET

Alaska's mystery substance is mass of eggs, lab says

A mysterious orange substance that washed up on the shores of an Alaskan village last week was a mass of microscopic, invertebrate eggs, possibly those of a small crustacean, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lab said Monday.

More testing will determine the species and whether the eggs - whose appearance on the shores of Kivalina in northwest Alaska startled residents Wednesday - are toxic, said Julie Speegle, representative of the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Auke Bay Laboratories.

Residents of Kivalina, an Inupiat Eskimo village of about 430 people, found the substance in its lagoon - giving the lagoon an orange sheen - and clumps of the orange stuff on the beach. A resident who took pictures of the substance, Mida Swan, said last week that it had an oily feel, like baby oil.

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  1. B

    baby oil ?


    August 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ajd041

    Palin is trying to clone herself RUN!

    August 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sarabell

    Lol ignorant bat!! I love it!

    August 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. epicjourney

    Oh oh, now the crustaceans are polluting Alaska!! What are we to do??

    August 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
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