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Mysterious ‘golden orb’ discovered by researchers on Alaskan seafloor

Researchers combing the ocean floor off the coast of Alaska have stumbled upon a mysterious “golden orb” that could possibly be a new, unknown species. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said its ship, Okeanos Explorer, discovered the specimen during a dive in the Gulf of Alaska on Aug. 30. 

“While gliding over a rocky outcrop at a depth of about 2 miles, they found what one of the videographers onboard helping to document the dive first referred to as a ‘yellow hat,’” the NOAA said in statement. 

“Amid a smattering of white sponges, this smooth, gold, dome-shaped specimen, a little over 4 inches in diameter, was tightly adhered to a rock. A small hole or tear near its base revealed a similarly colored interior,” the statement continued. “As cameras zoomed in, scientists were stumped as to its identification, with initial thoughts ranging from a dead sponge attachment, to coral, to an egg casing.” 

 

The expedition is continuing through Sept. 16 with live-streamed dives happening daily between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET. 

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.

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