It’s blobby. It’s bright purple. It lives under the water. But what is it? Scientists aren’t exactly sure just yet.
|The research vessel Nautilus is a floating laboratory equipped with cameras that can peer deep down to the ocean floor. Researchers with the Ocean Exploration Trust posted a video on Monday showing an unusual find. The Nautilus spied a small bright-purple orb underwater in the Channel Islands off the coast of California.|
The main focus for the vehicle’s Channel Islands mission is to study deep-sea corals, but the odd sphere attracted the scientists’ attention. The video includes a soundtrack of the researchers making real-time observations as the camera sweeps along. They call it a “purple blob” and then wonder aloud “What is that?” …