Scientists have finally identified the weird orange goo that appeared along the shore of a remote Alaska village.
They believe that the goo is in fact millions of microscopic eggs filled with fatty droplets.
But there is still a mystery as the officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said they don’t know for sure what species the eggs are, although they believe they are some kind of crustacean eggs or embryos.
In fact, the do not even know whether the eggs are toxic or not, or even why they suddenly appeared!
“We’ll probably find some clues, but we’ll likely never have a definitive answer on that,” NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle said.
This worries many of the 374 residents of Kivalina, an Inupiat Eskimo community located at the tip of an 8-mile barrier reef on Alaska’s northwest coast.
There’s been at least one report of dead minnows found in the lagoon of the village the night the eggs appeared last week.
Residents also are worried about the community’s dwindling reserves in village water tanks even though the orange mass has dissipated from the lagoon and Wulik River, said city administrator Janet Mitchell.
“It seems to be all gone,” she said. “But if they’re microscopic eggs, who’s to say they’re not still in the river?”
Samples are being sent to a NOAA laboratory in Charleston, S.C., for further analysis. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation also sent samples Monday to the Institute for Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.