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A tiny purple “blob” on the ocean floor has people asking one sensible question

Is it plankton? Is it an octopus? Is it an egg sack?

Researchers at the Ocean Exploration Trust aren’t quite sure how to identify the tiny purple “blob” that lay peacefully on the ocean floor.

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“It looks like a disco ball right now,” said a female researcher.

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Each member of the group threw out some scientific names in an attempt to identify the florescent object. One man suggested a possible spider egg sack or an embryo of some sort.

Another male quickly responded, “Let’s leave it then. We don’t wanna mess with spider egg sacks.”

EVNautilus/YouTube Screenshot
EVNautilus/YouTube Screenshot

As the suspense built up, the divers utilized a research vessel called Nautilus to take a closer look at the purple blob. Within a matter of seconds, it slid up a suction tube with ease.

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“This unidentified purple orb stumped our scientists onboard,” said a statement posted to the Nautilus website. “After sampling, it began to unfold to reveal two distinct lobes. This could possibly be a new species of nudibranch.”

Nudibranchs are marine mollusks. They have soft bodies and are often quite colorful, appearing in bright shades of orange, pink and purple.

The Nautilus team added, “It could take several years for scientists to determine if this organism is a new species.”

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