Huge blob of Arctic goo floats past Slope communities
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July 14, 2009: A strange, gooey substance up to 12 miles long is floating in the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic off the coast of Alaska along the North Slope Borough, between Point Barrow and Barrow. It is apparently a biological substance unrelated to oil. Up close it also has hairy strands, and animals such as jellyfish have been entangled in it. The remains of a dead goose - consisting of only bones and feathers - have also been found in it. Finally, it seems to have a strong odor, but observers feel unable to describe it.

Update: July 18, 2009 — According to TIME magazine, scientific analysis has determined that the blob is an enormous bloom of algae. Still pretty creepy.

See Also

  • Chilean blob - another strange substance that was washed ashore.


Game and Story Use

  • Perhaps a Great Old One dwelling in the Arctic has shed its skin, or outer layers of blubber.
    • Any relation to the Bloop?
  • Given the example of the goose, maybe it is capable of catching and eating larger animals.
    • Perhaps it is capable of moving on land once it has grown fast enough.
  • Maybe this is the remains of some ancient creature that was frozen in the polar ice cap, and released due to global warming. As the oceans heat up, additional such rotting carcasses from prehistory will wash ashore.
    • Along with some things that survived the multi-millenial freeze, like in that Megashark vs Giant Octopus movie.
    • It sounds to me like Hedorah, the Smog Monster
    • Or possibly a hibernating living creature - shoggoth, anyone?
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