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Orange Goo Invades Alaskan Village

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the invasion-begun dept.

Earth 153

s31523 writes "When the residents of the Alaskan village of Kivalina woke up last week, the unexpected sight of an orange goo covering the surface of the water was quite alarming. Suspecting a oil spill or some other man-made disaster, the residents worried about the toxicity of the substance. After NOAA investigated, it was found the that goo is an unknown type of microscopic eggs. According to NOAA scientist Keep Rice, 'We now think these are some sort of small crustacean egg or embryo, with a lipid oil droplet in the middle causing the orange color.' More work is needed to identify what the eggs are and what caused them to show up."

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Have to know (5, Funny)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044526)

Have any of them tried running across the water at super speed?

Re:Have to know (3, Insightful)

ZaMoose (24734) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044574)

Came for the Portal 2 reference. Didn't leave disappointed.

Re:Have to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045232)

same :)

Re:Have to know (1)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 2 years ago | (#37046774)

I was hoping for some sort of new "Cave Johnson" quotes. I think we should have a contest for who can come up with the Best CJ commentary on this situation.

=)

Re:Have to know (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044718)

They're supposed to ingest it so they make sure they don't have time to acquire calories from food.

Ocean Temperatures (0, Troll)

catchblue22 (1004569) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045336)

Given the continuing rise in ocean temperatures, and given the fact that northern latitudes have experienced a marked warming in recent years, it seems to me a reasonable speculation that this bloom is at least in part temperature related.

Re:Ocean Temperatures (4, Insightful)

drolli (522659) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045438)

As much as i understand that there is climate change, this type of speculation before analysis is exactly what the world does not need.

Re:Ocean Temperatures (2)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045656)

True That! It is not our place to question the will of the Great Crustacean!
Bow your heads and ask for mercy...
or at least a tanker full of lemon butter.

Re:Ocean Temperatures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045644)

'marked warming in recent years'
Wrong!. the 'marked' warming, to the extent there was 'marked' warming, happened prior to recent years. In recent years (10-15) the warming is far below any noise level.

Jumping from some orange goo to global warming is far worse than speculation, it is rampant paranoia. You may want to get that checked.

Re:Ocean Temperatures (3, Informative)

SETIGuy (33768) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045964)

In recent years (10-15) the warming is far below any noise level.

In any 10 to 15 year period the warming is below the noise level, because we're talking about a global average of about 0.15C per decade, and changes in heat transfer from ocean to atmosphere from year to year cause variations that are larger than that. But, even with the annual variations over the last decade, the warming trend is still apparent. http://www.skepticalscience.com/global-cooling-january-2007-to-january-2008.htm [skepticalscience.com]

But even though the global trend is 0.15C per decade that doesn't mean that changes in specific places haven't been much larger.

Re:Ocean Temperatures (2)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 2 years ago | (#37046370)

These are obviously eggs laid by the Flying Spaghetti Monster, in an effort to save the world from Global Warming. They will hatch into Pirates.

At least it's orange... (1)

loftwyr (36717) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044528)

All of the stories I've read say that the world ends from Grey Goo. So Alaska is safe!

Re:At least it's orange... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044786)

That depends on your definition of safe. I think we can blame this problem on Bristol...

"According to NOAA scientist Keep Rice" (4, Funny)

malakai (136531) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044530)

His brother Store Grain says it was all a hoax.

Jeep Rice (1)

Bloopie (991306) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045052)

Weird. I did some checking and apparently his real name is Jeep Rice. [noaa.gov] Really!

Keep Rice was a typo, and that typo is now being propagated all over the Inter-Tubes by trusting bloggers and news aggregators who don't check their facts. (And speaking of Inter-Tubes, he works at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.)

Re:Jeep Rice (2)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045442)

Weird. I did some checking and apparently his real name is Jeep Rice. [noaa.gov] Really!

Keep Rice was a typo, and that typo is now being propagated all over the Inter-Tubes by trusting bloggers and news aggregators who don't check their facts. (And speaking of Inter-Tubes, he works at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.)

Just add a couple of spoilers on it and you will have your Jeep Rice.

Re:"According to NOAA scientist Keep Rice" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045056)

Global warming caused it says Hugh Tempa

That's just what they want you to think. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044582)

Orange Nanites are taking over, and this is the first wave of their invasion force.

Re:That's just what they want you to think. (3, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045434)

Well, you know, I've always been worried about a "grey goo" apocalypse, but now that it's happening and it's a bright cheerful orange color instead, I guess I'm okay with it!

ocean surface full of living things, story at 10 (5, Funny)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044588)

"I don't drink water; fish fuck in it" -- W.C. Fields

Re:ocean surface full of living things, story at 1 (1)

glorybe (946151) | more than 2 years ago | (#37046016)

That is not the worst of it. Every drop of water has passed through the bladders of many fish over and over again. The world's so-called water supply is nothing more than multi-passed fish urine.

Re:ocean surface full of living things, story at 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37046254)

"I don't breathe air; people fuck in it"  --me.

Orange Goo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044596)

Look on the bright side, it's better than Orange Poo!

And that was how it began, kid... (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044646)

Back in them days, Jimmy, we was called the "EuEsAy" and you could walk the streets right out in the open without a rifle. Not an alien in sight, if you can believe that. Then them damn eggs came.

But you got senator Palin! (-1, Troll)

Evtim (1022085) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044864)

Just wait until she loads her rifles! I mean, this is the woman that said to the ruskies "I can see your house from here".

Those crustacean overlords have no chance....

But she quit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044954)

But halfway through defendin' Alaska from the crustacean overlords, she quit to go have a lucrative career on Fox News. The crustaceans took over.

Re:But you got senator Palin! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044984)

Fella, you obviously never hunted crustacean. They ain't noble prey like bear or wolves, what you simply have to outthink. They ain't vermin like rabbits or coons neither, what you can pick off one at a time. Your rifle is useless against the Krill.

Re:But you got senator Palin! (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045040)

MY 40mm automatic repeating rifle with explosive rounds is mighty effective against the krill.. as long as I'm not overrun as this dang thing is mighty heavy to move.

I can explode a coyote from well over 1500 yards with this beautiful gun.

Re:But you got senator Palin! (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 2 years ago | (#37046384)

Who is Senator Palin? We have Senator Murkowski and Senator Begich as well as Congressman Young, but I've never heard of Senator Palin.

Oh, you meant (former) GOVERNOR Palin...

Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (5, Insightful)

ultramk (470198) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044702)

According to a ton of different reports on Google news, the substance was tested and found to be crustacean eggs of some type.

So crustaceans: crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill and barnacles. Considering the location and volume, I'm suspecting something like a huge krill spawn that was swept onto the shore by unusual currents, a storm system or the like. As for it being toxic, that's pretty laughable. Toxic crustaceans are very few and far between (one that hasn't been eating toxic algae, and considering these are eggs, they haven't been eating anything).

As far the natives not seeing anything like this before... well it's a big planet. Completely natural, explainable things happen all over the globe every day that haven't happened in that particular spot for hundreds if not thousands of years.

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (1)

wiedzmin (1269816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044756)

...it's a big planet. Completely natural, explainable things happen all over the globe every day that haven't happened in that particular spot for hundreds if not thousands of years.

You're crazy! This must be global warming. Send more money to Al Gore, stat!

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045198)

No, you're crazy! This must not be global warming. Send more money to Fox News, stat!

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045822)

Wha...? Fail.

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37046318)

How much tax payer money has Fox News acquired for anti global warming research or denial?

Just curious is all.

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (2)

badnews_bear (607583) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044762)

Palin's master plan of world domination has begun! She's releasing the rest of her brood. Soon all reality shows will be filled with nothing but Palins! Either that or Snookie finally took a bath.

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044836)

Toxic crustaceans are very few and far between (one that hasn't been eating toxic algae, and considering these are eggs, they haven't been eating anything)

Wait about a week and go walk on that beach. You just might change your mind. Or have your nose do it for you.

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045146)

and was also seen floating on top of buckets used to collect rainwater, following a downpour.

How do crustacean eggs get from the ocean to buckets for collecting rainwater?

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (1, Informative)

ultramk (470198) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045210)

They say that when they dry up, they turn powdery and blow away. So some blow onto the beach, dry into a powder, and blow around town, sticking to anything that's wet, including rain buckets.

You know, either that or they're really from outer space and this is chapter one of some sort of Robin Cook novel. All things considered, I'm gonna stick with the wind theory.

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045274)

scope them up and sell the to the Japanese. They will eat anything from the sea.

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045414)

>> Completely natural, explainable things happen all over the globe every day

I hear orange goo has invaded New Jersey beaches for several years now.

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045858)

I hear orange goo has invaded New Jersey beaches for several years now.

Not crustacean eggs, but definitely crabs-related.

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045440)

Well, if you wake up in said Alaskan village, and walk down to your boat as you've done for the past several decades and find orange goo all over the place, something you've never seen or heard before from anyone, I'm pretty sure you'd all be a little skeptical and cautious. Not everyone has a masters in marine biology, much less know 'unidentified crustacean eggs' when they see them.

It's pretty easy to say 'Google says' when your several thousand miles away and inland. By all means though, keep that perspective of over-reaction by those that happen on it. It plays so well in the MSM, and apparently, the Internet.

Re:Reports say it's crustacean eggs. (5, Insightful)

ultramk (470198) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045788)

Golly, you make so many assumptions there I don't know where to start. I have no masters in marine biology, I've just lived by the ocean my whole life. I'm not thousands of miles away, either. One of the reasons that I wasn't overly surprised by this is that every 10-12 years something similar to this happens around here.

Last year it was millions of brown jellyfish all over the shore and in the water, in concentrations that none of the old-timers could ever remember having seen. It was bizarre, and shocking.

Once, back in the mid '80s, there was an unbelievable swarm of pelagic crabs--little red swimming guys about the size of a small crawfish. Nobody in the area had ever seen one before, but now they were covering the beaches up to the high tide mark--some live, some dead--for miles and miles up and down the coast. From a distance it was a thick band of crimson between the water and the rocks or dunes. They were thick in the water too. They've never come back.

Dont get me started on algae blooms.

These things happen. And yes, panicking about it is an overreaction.

What caused them to show up? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044724)

' More work is needed to identify what the eggs are and what caused them to show up." What kind of statement is this? Obviously the culprit is the global warming. What else?

Re:What caused them to show up? (1)

darkgrayknight (1679662) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045972)

right, because there can be no other cause than global warming. Global warming is the root problem and cause of everything.

Life in 2011 (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044822)

Hysterical Alaskan Villager: Look at that orange goo! What is it?! Chemicals?! Oil Spill?! Industrial Waste?! We're all DOOOOOOMMMMED!!!!

NOAA Scientist: No need for alarm! It's only billions of eggs of a rare species of crustaceans that, when they hatch, will burrow into your skulls and parasitize your brains. But no worries, they're all natural and have been around for millions of years. It's just part of that wonderful cornucopia of wild life that we evil humans have been destroying with our unsustainable and unnatural way of life.

Hysterical Alaskan Villager: *Whew* Thank goodness it isn't some nasty byproduct of our immoral industrial civilization. I feel so relieved!

NOAA Scientist: Carry on as usual, good earth-friend. Well, for the next few days anyway. What's the quickest way out of town? I have an appointment elsewhere...

I remember a fantasy book... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044846)

that featured a red or orange sort of organism spreading across the Earth, forcing humanity to escape to the moon. I forgot the title of the story, though, and can't find it.

i know what it is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044946)

the opening for battlefield:alaska. they saw how LA didn't work so they are starting with our smallest towns.

Only one can help (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044962)

The Doctor. Wait for the Doctor. He will know how to deal with it. I can hear the sound of the Tardis...

Palin's hair dye storage sprung a leak? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044964)

She can't run until she has enough to get her through the next election.

Hmmm (2)

frozentier (1542099) | more than 2 years ago | (#37044970)

Since this is Slashdot, I have to assume the orange goo comes from either a Microsoft security flaw, or a privacy issue with facebook.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045326)

or... the republican party

Re:Hmmm (1)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045366)

Since this is Slashdot, I have to assume the orange goo comes from either a Microsoft security flaw, or a privacy issue with facebook.

Or maybe this is the result of patent trolls trying to bribe the USPTO with bitcoins.

...oh right! My mistake. "Patent troll" has already been taken [slashdot.org]. Maybe we can call them something more fitting, maybe 'scumbags' perhaps?

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045646)

Ah, you're only thinking negative. It could also be Apple's next obviously infallibly good and innovative iGoo, as they've already filed a patent or trademark or whatever it takes to prevent anyone else from using the color orange.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045802)

Actually it was an accident caused by Lulzsec members mining for BitCoins.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37046238)

Or the evil umbrella corporations

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37046260)

They're bitcoins. There was an explosion at a bitcoin mining facility, and tens upon tens of bitcoins (with a total value of almost us$12) were leaked into international waters.

What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37044980)

I was under impression she was busy running for prez?

What causes eggs to show up... (2)

magarity (164372) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045116)

More work is needed to identify ... what caused them to show up."
 
Well, the first step is when Mommy and Daddy crustacean come to love each other very much...

What about the algae "slick" from a while back? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045124)

Wasn't there another example of this up in Alaska? The mysterious dark goo that showed up that was really just a "slick" of algae?

What makes Alaska attract all this weird stuff?

Oh wait...

Lipid Oil = Energy? (2)

s31523 (926314) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045140)

I wonder if the lipid oil in the eggs could be used as a renewable energy source, or petrol replacement for the numerous products made from conventional oil.

Laboratory protocol (1)

paiute (550198) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045378)

"More work is needed to identify what the eggs are and what caused them to show up." SOP for identification: 1. Purchase jar of Paul Newman pasta sauce. 2. Eat pasta sauce on pasta of choice. 3. Wash out jar. 4. Go down to beach and put some eggs and seawater into jar. 5. Take jar back to the lab and keep it aerated and at sea temperature until eggs hatch. 6. GIS whatever the hell swims out.

Re:Laboratory protocol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37046382)

(SOP) Standard OPerations for identification:

1. (PPPS) Purchase jar of Paul Newman pasta sauce
2. (EPP) Eat pasta sauce on pasta of choice
3. (FLUS) Wash out jar
4. (BLEH) Go down to beach and put some eggs and seawater into jar
5. (MEH) Take jar back to the lab and keep it aerated and at sea temperature until eggs hatch
6. (GIS) GIrly Scream (at) whatever the hell swims out

Ahhhhhhhhhh...... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045490)

I came

It's the Blob!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045514)

Quick hit it with something cold!

My husband, some hotshot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37045734)

here's his ancient chinese secret...

It's Third Impact! (1)

the linux geek (799780) | more than 2 years ago | (#37045914)

It may be five years early, but we can now expect humanity to transform into nothing but orange goo and form a hivemind, while a large purple organic robot flies into space.

breaking news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37046066)

Slashdot is once again on the leading edge of regurgitating old news headlines while providing less information than the Google News article summary from several days ago.

Taco, it is seriously time to consider turning over the reigns to someone who actually cares at all about this website. This is just getting more pathetic by the day.

Protip (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | more than 2 years ago | (#37046180)

I'd avoid picking up any 'Alaskan Caviar' from Whole Foods for a while. Same goes for the orange sherbet soon to be available at Long John Silvers.

First clue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37046574)

The fact the fish were playing Berry White albums should have been a clue.

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