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Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Blob that Ate the North Slope

We don't get a lot of Alaska Daily News stories here at FFO, but we're always glad to. This story was reported by ADN, of course, but also Boing Boing, SlashDot and many others. It is too B-movie-ish not to report it at FFO.

There is a large blob of "arctic goo" floating in the cold waters off of Barrow. Here's what it isn't: oil/petroleum. It does seem organic but not too threatening. No one in area recalls such an event in the past, so they're anxiously awaiting test results from goo samples. Boing Boing said that the blob ate a bird, but FFO does not have confirmation from the bird's relatives. So put that in the rumor category.

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