Thursday, July 16, 2009
Goose-eating gunk invades Alaskan waters, what will Palin do about it?
by Larry Geller
This probably won’t appear in our daily papers, so as usual, we fill in the gaps for you.
Long strands of this stuff, apparently biological, are floating offshore in Alaskan waters. No one know what it is.
…"If it was something we'd seen before, we'd be able to say something about it. But we haven't ...which prompted concerns from the local hunters and whaling captains."
The stuff is "gooey" and looks dark against the bright white ice floating in the Arctic Ocean, Brower said.
"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.
"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."
Hairy strands? Maybe it eats polar bears also.
For the full story, pics and video, see this article in the Anchorage Daily News, Huge blob of Arctic goo floats past Slope communities, 7/14/2009.
If it really eats stuff, maybe we should send a couple of barges of Honolulu garbage over there to the Chukchi Sea and see if the goo has any practical use.
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