Researchers are still trying to identify a strange, golden, flesh-like object found at the bottom of the sea.
Researches said the object feels like "skin tissue," and are conducting DNA analysis to learn more.
Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — the organisation that discovered the object — theorise it could be a hatched egg of some kind or a previously unknown marine sponge.
On the social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, the NOAA said: “Scientists aboard #Okaneos are trying to crack this golden egg mystery! What do you think it could be??
The NOAA found the object with a remote submersible participating in the Seascape Alaska 5 expedition. When researchers first found the object, they used a mechanical arm on the vessel to "tickle" the possible egg, according to The Guardian. They determined the object had a "skin-like" texture.
The researchers decided to investigate further and used a suction mechanism on the craft to collect the object. They have determined that it is biological in nature and that it has a tear in it, but have been able to determine little more than that.
The expedition is scheduled to continue until 15 September, and is being live streamed.
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