Mystery blob devouring Alaska coastline

Kyle sez "An unidentified blob is making its way through the Arctic ocean, engulfing wildlife (only feathers and bones were left of a goose that was caught in it), and no one knows what it is."
Nobody knows for sure what the gunk is, but Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Hasenauer says the Coast Guard is sure what it is not.

"It's certainly biological," Hasenauer said. "It's definitely not an oil product of any kind. It has no characteristics of an oil, or a hazardous substance, for that matter.

"It's definitely, by the smell and the makeup of it, it's some sort of naturally occurring organic or otherwise marine organism..."

"It's pitch black when it hits ice and it kind of discolors the ice and hangs off of it," Brower said. He saw some jellyfish tangled up in the stuff, and someone turned in what was left of a dead goose -- just bones and feathers -- to the borough's wildlife department.

"It kind of has an odor; I can't describe it," he said.

Huge blob of Arctic goo floats past Slope communities (Thanks, Kyle!)



  1. A mysterious blob, engulfing Alaska’s coast and destroying thw widlife? Why, if I didn’t know better, I’d say [Insert Sarah Palin joke here]!

  2. A mysterious blob that consumes everything in it’s path?

    Anyone else thinking what I am thinking?

  3. This thing doesn’t want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It’ll fight if it has to, but it’s vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it’s won.

  4. It’s Dick Cheney in his natural form taking some time off in Alaska. It’s nice to see he can spend some time out of his skin suit.

  5. Wasn’t this a tales from the crypt episode? Kids go swimming in a lake with a no swimming sign, black blob starts dissolving the kids.

  6. Hmmm… A giant 12 mile long mass of algae with a diet of goose and jellyfish. That makes sense. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

  7. It is, in fact, The Blob.
    (@HEL, that’s a Stepehn King Story you’re thinking of, “The Raft.” It was defintey made into a short film.)

  8. Ahem, I believe, by the description of this creature, it to be a Black Pudding Ooze. Hopefully it is not an elder, although it could be. It has probably come up to the surface to find sustenance, which could be the fault of some drilling or other human interference with it’s natural underground habitat or food source. More information can be found on page 201 of the Monster Manual. Watch for it’s improved grapple and acid attacks.

  9. It’s Space Fungus from Mir. It’s been floating about in the oceans since Mir dropped to earth.

  10. Friends up north, hide your Tasha Yar action figures in case this thing gets in a killing-for-no-reason mood.

  11. #6 – exactly my though as well. Most certainly one of the escaped servant-beasts of the Elder Things. Not terribly surprising it’d turn-up there, considering their preference for the cold.

    Now granted, the Mountains of Madness are at the South Pole, but lets face it, it’s a big empty ocean in-between, no reason it couldn’t have just floated north in search of better prey.

  12. Teh Bl0b is R33lz!? ZOMGWEREALLGONNADIE!!!

    SRSLY though, I’d like to see what this thing turns out to be. Go Science! Solve the mystery of the ooze!

  13. Maybe it’s a physical manifestation of fundamentalist angst? If it originated in Wasilla, it’ll probably just go back and do something else.

  14. It warms my heart to see the Creepshow 2 video clip show up in this comment thread so quickly.

  15. While the story sounds plausible (so far), I’m inclined to go along with the mood here. It smacks of a viral intro to some movie to me.

  16. Wait, how did it get all the way to Alaska from Raleigh? Unless… my God, those wormy blobs can create WORMHOLES! RUN!

  17. Holy crap, that’s what I get for surfing at work.


    #23 posted by TroofSeeker:

    Maybe it’s a physical manifestation of fundamentalist angst?

    So you think there’s a link between this Viggo person and the uh…slime?

  18. “From the air it looks brownish with some sheen, but when you get close and put it up on the ice and in the bucket, it’s kind of blackish stuff … (and) has hairy strands on it.”

    Hairy. Strands.

  19. A foul, amorphous organism that consumes everything in its path, leaving behind only stripped husks?

    Hard to say for sure, but it’s either Microsoft or Oprah. Someone lay a doughnut and a small, undervalued tech startup out in front of it, and see which one it goes for.

  20. UL much? I think Alaska’s rednecks (bluenecks?) are just jealous of all the attention the lower 48’s rednecks get from mutilated cows and crop circles, so they’ve imagined a mysterious sea-blob that disintegrates goose flesh.

  21. “Below, the Midgard serpent remains sleeping in the poison currents.It takes alot to rouse such a serpent from it’s slumber. But then there is a voice in the gurgle and rush of water. And thus did Sarah wake Jormungandr and trigger Ragnarok”

  22. It’s a leftover petroleum bubble from an oil spill which is now supporting a megacolony of marine pseudomona. These bacteria need to be cultivated and further studied as a potential method of seawater remediation.

  23. Meh. There are a pair of Gelatinous Cubes living down the street from me. We don’t see them out much, but the streets around here are spotless.

  24. Al Gore + Michael Bay = “An ancient terror responsible for many of the mass extinctions on planet Earth has been trapped under ice sheets for thousands of years until mankind causes global warming and frees it.”

  25. Clemoh @30 This is a job for… SuperPalin!

    OMG, this totally explains her resignation! She has to give up her everyday identity as governor to assume her superhero identity and fight the blob.

  26. I don’t know what it is, but for god’s sake don’t let the fighter hit it with his sword.

    That never ends well.

  27. @avraamov #57

    A Spray of Ambergris Theorists
    A Lamp of Ambergris Theorists…

    OOoohh! OOohh! A VIAL of Ambergris Theorists!

    [Vile stuff, old boy. Vile stuff.]

  28. Finding some logical scientific explanation for this would be boring.

    Exciting would be: never hearing anything about this again. Officials, when questioned, dismissing it as a ‘hoax’ or ‘prank’. It is relegated to ‘urban legend’ status …

    Wait, did I say exciting? I meant terrifying o_O

  29. Smoke Monster from Lost’s island seeking governorship of Alaska. Favors abortion choice / opposes offshore drilling. I’d vote for it.
    Smokey In 2010!

  30. Two thoughts jumped immediately to mind:

    1. C’thulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn

    2. Thank goodness we’ve still got Chuck Norris, because if there was one man who could punch an amorphous black goo that ate everything in its path back to the hell hole it came from, it’s him.

    Get him and Huckabee on a helicopter now. They can land at Palin’s Fortress of Solitude and fight this beast.

  31. T҉̵̞̟̠̖̗̘̙̜̝̞̟̠͇̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̿̿̿̕̚̕̚͡ ̒̓̔̕̚o invoke the h҉̵̞̟̠̖̗̘̙̜̝̞̟̠͇̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̿̿̿̕̚̕̚͡ ̒̓̔̕̚ive-mind re҉̵̞̟̠̖̗̘̙̜̝̞̟̠͇̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̿̿̿̕̚̕̚͡ ̒̓̔̕̚presenting chaos. Invoking҉̵̞̟̠̖̗̘̙̜̝̞̟̠͇̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̿̿̿̕̚̕̚͡ ̒̓̔̕̚ the feeling of ch҉̵̞̟̠̖̗̘̙̜̝̞̟̠͇̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̿̿̿̕̚̕̚͡ ̒̓̔̕̚aos. With out ҉̵̞̟̠̖̗̘̙̜̝̞̟̠͇̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̿̿̿̕̚̕̚͡ ̒̓̔̕̚order.҉̵̞̟̠̖̗̘̙̜̝̞̟̠͇̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̿̿̿̕̚ ̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̿̿̿̚̕̕̚̕̚͡ ͡҉҉ ̕̚͡ ̒̓̔̕̚ The Nezperd҉̵̞̟̠̖̗̘̙̜̝̞̟̠͇̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̊̋̌̍̎̏̐̑̒̓̔̿̿̿̕̚̕̚͡ ̒̓̔̕̚ian hive-mind of chaos. Zalgo.
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  32. @3 god, I love that film, and..I don’t think we use enough tactical nuclear weaponry in general. but…north korea *is* in that general direction, not that I think they are capable of creating gelatinous blobby, goose absorbing monstrosities… but makes you think.
    But my vote is vaporize first, study second and ambergris third, and when did ambergris become anything other than an old perfume ingredient and distilled whale oil? Pardon, i must off to google. lol. this thread….

  33. It’s that thing from ‘Spirited Away’. Talk nice to it and it gives you lots of gold. Don’t stand too close.

  34. actually, it was an unauthorized experiment to liquefy the Great Pacific Garbage Gyre. Now we have the Great Northern Pacific Roaming Toxic Blob.

  35. This is not the first “blob” to be found in the waters here in North America. About 5-10 yrs ago, there was mysterious “black water” found in the gulf of mexico and in florida. Same description…it killed all the fish in the area, had a bad smell, and was of unknown origin. At the time of the article I read, the “blob” was the size of Rhode Island. The news stopped reporting on it and I don’t know what ever happened to it. This sounds like the same thing.

  36. sorry ate too many toxic cheeseburgers while visiting alaska. There were not any restrooms around so… you can figure out the rest.

    My deepest opologies

  37. Didn’t that eSheep web comics Patrick Farley guy do a web comic about this once involving Rush Limbaugh devouring every endangered species on the planet?

    hence becoming a blob near the North Pole

  38. I saw some crop bioengineering special on Hulu the other day and this dude was talking about how they had successfully created an organism that was capable of cleaning up oil spills but also had a nasty habit of devouring other things along with the oil. Perhaps this is it?

  39. @ The Moderators or Boing Boingers of this thread: The comments found here made me feel less alone, teh internets haz kindred souls. P.S. ZOMG! It’s the Gak I flushed in 4th grade!

  40. @91 that’s very very funny – but I’ve completely forgotten the source! Remind please or you’ll be driving me craazy!

  41. You gotta read the comments on the linked article. Some gems include:

    “I have been researching “blogs” like this, albeit smaller, for the last 15 years. One thing that my research shows is that there is usually a “meteor” involved. The current theory that this is some sort of a biological probe. The “probe” explores our oceans and reports back using bioluminescence in a light spectrum that is above the UV range. The fact that previous ones were small and this one so large alarms me. Previous ones I investigated appeared in tropical waters and in large fresh water bodies and were no larger than 200 meters long by 50 meters wide. This one might be have another purpose than research, I hope I am wrong.”



    It’s teh lulz!

  42. What surprises me is that it had to be sent away for testing before there were any ideas – nobody had a microscope handy?

  43. They would say it was algae. They don’t want to share the wealth. After all, ambergis is more precious than gold and Northern Hemisphere ambergis is the rarest form. They trying to keep it all for themselves. And who are they? It was all in Dan Brown’s books. They are a secret cabal that has ruled us in secret for millennia – The Ambergitti.

  44. it reminds me of one of stephen king’s short stories, where those teenagers go out on the raft and they’re all slowly devoured by the black goop, and as it kills them it gets bigger and bigger

  45. Seriously, I belive I cleaned that out of my fridge last week. Who knew it would end up on the alaskan coast? Whoops sorry Alaska!

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