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May 13 2012

Mystery blob revealed?

Remember the mystery blobs that had been found washed up on beaches or caught in nets here and there? Well, this may solve the mystery and it’s a pretty cool answer:

(Fox News) — The creature looks like nothing seen before, with speculators on the online forum suggesting everything from a jellyfish to the remains of a whale placenta. “It’s probably one that has been regenerating since the dawn of time and has finally reached level 9999,” one user joked.

But that deepwater enigma is no mystery: It’s actually a Deepstaria enigmatica, said oceanographer Steven Haddock.

It’s a very weird form of cnidarian, aka jellies and corals. This one just has an weird morphology, said to appear like a folding, translucent sheet and undulate like a lava lamp when it moves. Take a look.

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  1. 1
    Phillip IV

    My biology textbook had nothing of that sort in it – but my AD&D Monster Manual did: the Sheet Phantom.

  2. 2
    BinaAssault

    it looks like a dirtied tablecloth that went down with the titanic…

  3. 3
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Isn’t that wicked cool.

  4. 4
    Stacy

    I think M.R. James wrote a story about its land cousin.

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