Or is it Arma-goo-ddon?

For some reason, balls of unidentified biological goo have started showing up in the news. First we had the mysterious North Carolina sewer blob. It turned out that was just a colony of tubifex worms – yes, the same kind you feed your fish. But now we have a giant oceanic Alaskan goo ball:

“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.

“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.” (source)

How ridiculously Lovecraftian! I almost don’t want to spoil it by revealing what it really is.


  1. #1 datamuse
    July 18, 2009


    I was hoping for Cthulhu.

  2. #2 Stephanie Z
    July 18, 2009

    When they said strands, I had a pretty good idea. I’ve dealt with enough of the stuff in…well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

  3. #3 wunx~
    July 20, 2009

    I think it’s all a cover-up. That goo is the real reason Sarah Palin resigned. It slipped up from Cook Inlet, into Sarah’s ear and tried to invade her brain. (So as to not get into trouble, I shall not reveal what it did – or didn’t – find…)

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