A purple blob appeared off the coast of California and has been puzzling scientists. While the crew on the scientific research vesselE/VNautilushas sucked up the purple blob and are busy figuring out what it is, yet another marine mystery blob, this one huge and pink, was spotted near Bunbury, West Australia.
Mark Watkins, a fisherman of 21 years, was out fishing with his dad when he came across the mystery blob about 25 nautical miles southwest of Bunbury. At first, he thought it might be another boat or a hot air balloon in the middle of the ocean.
So how did this happen? The stomach of a whale is filled with gasses which remain under control during the whale's lifetime. But once the whale kicks the bucket, the whale will float to the surface of the water, which is where the trouble begins.
Occasionally, the pressure inside the dead whale's stomach will get so strong that the whale's stomach will explode. In areas where dead whales washing ashore is a relatively common occurrence, there will actually be a person who's job is to puncture the whale so the whale's insides don't...make a mess.
Watkins said the whale he saw had already begun to deflate. Sharks had taken a few bites out of the whale already, causing the gastrointestinal fluids to leak into the ocean, which prevented the whale from exploding.
Watkins had seen sharks swimming around earlier that day. "We actually did have a 3.5 to 4m white pointer around our boat that day — it seemed more interested in our boat than the whale,” said Watkins.
The type of whale that Watkins found still remains a mystery. However, it is believed it might be a humpback whale or a southern right whale as those are the two most common types of whales found off of western Australia.
And as for the purple mystery blob spotted in California, scientists know it's not a dead, stinky whale. They're starting to believe it could be anudibranch, which is a group of mollusks that remove their shells once they finish their larval stage.