A mysterious “blue slime” at the bottom of the sea is tripping up scientists

A close-up of one of the mysterious “blue slime” creatures discovered by researchers using an ROV near St. Croix in the Caribbean. (Image: NOAA Ocean Exploration, Voyage to the Ridge 2022)

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Unidentified deep-sea ‘blue slime’ creatures recently left scientists scratching their heads after spotting the mysterious blobs hanging on the sea floor in the Caribbean. During a live stream (opens in new tab) on the expedition, team members debated what the dark globules might be, but none of the researchers could come up with a definitive answer.

Multiple blue goo creatures were spotted on August 30 by scientists controlling a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) near the sea floor around St. Croix, one of the US Virgin Islands. The mysterious blobs were found motionless on the sea floor between 1,335 and 2,005 feet (407 and 611 meters) below the water’s surface.

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