Scientists perform genetic analysis of a mysterious “golden egg”. The depths of the Pacific Ocean off the south coast of Alaska (United States) and whose origin is unknown.
The discovery occurred at a depth of 3,200 meters. On the side of an extinct underwater volcano During the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Seascape Alaska expedition.
“The golden sphere, probably an eggshell, excited the imagination of many observers,” NOAA X said in a message on the social network.
Viewers following the scan online commented jokingly while scientists analyzed the object’s deoxyribonucleic acid. Could be an alien egg Or a wrapper for chocolate candy.
In footage of the discovery, one member of the expedition is heard saying, “It’s like the beginning of a horror movie,” while another says, “I’m pretty sure that’s how the first episode of The X-Files started.”
John Copley, a professor of marine science and exploration at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, told the newspaper. The Washington Post “At first glance it might be the eggshell of an invertebrate or, perhaps, a slightly battered sponge.”
A survey of the area is also being carried out NOAA’s Ocean ExplorerA remote-controlled submarine, and consists of surveying the ocean floor by dropping up to 6,000 meters from the sea surface.
Submersibles allow scientists to study marine life in the deep sea, study water currents, and gain insight into past and potential changes in the environment.
The crew of the submarine observed A crack in the golden sphere And after making contact with the ship’s robotic arms, the object indicated that it was soft to the touch, and they used suction to pick it up.
NOAA distributed photographs showing the object seen on a rock and others showing it in the palm of a researcher’s hand.
“Without detailed study and analysis of the resulting sample We don’t know what this strange object is“Daniel Jones of the National Oceanographic Center in England told the newspaper.
“But the material improves The diversity of life in the depths of the world’s oceans That’s unknown, and the importance of scientific research,” he added.
(With information from EFE and Reuters)