Scientists still don’t know what the mysterious “golden egg” discovered in the depths of the ocean in Alaska is.

Scientists still don’t know what the mysterious “golden egg” discovered in the depths of the ocean in Alaska is.


Scientists continue trying to figure out what it is the mysterious golden “egg” found on August 30 at the bottom of the ocean in the Gulf of Alaska. It is currently preserved in ethanol aboard the research vessel Okeanos Explorer. Once the researchers finish mapping the region, they will send the samples to the Smithsonian, expedition coordinator Sam Candino told the magazine. Live Science. Although there is one detail that researchers have been able to determine: the orb is of biological origin.

The discovery occurred about 3,200 meters deep on the side of an extinct underwater volcano during the expedition Seascape Alaska from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“The golden sphere, probably the shell of an egg, excited the imagination of many observers,” NOAA said in a message on the social network X (formerly Twitter).

It could be an egg, but also a sponge

As scientists study the object’s deoxyribonucleic acid, observers following the exploration online have joked that it could be an alien egg or a chocolate candy wrapper.

Scientists carry out genetic analysis of a mysterious "golden egg" found in the depths of the Pacific Ocean off the southern coast of Alaska (USA)
The oval object is about 10 centimeters wide, had a small hole at the base and appeared to be attached to a rock. The main theories suggest that the golden orb is an egg case of a potentially unknown species, or that it is a type of sponge.

The mysteries of the dark ocean

It is still unclear why the orb is gold. “As natural light does not penetrate to these depths, it is often difficult to determine why certain colors emerge. It could have something to do with the chemical composition, it could be a happy accident, or it could be a fashion statement,” says coordinator Candino.

The discovery highlights the diversity of life in the depths of the world’s oceanswhich remains unknown, and the importance of scientific exploration.

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