As Above So Below
Miami Herald said.
The mysterious orb appeared to be flesh-like — with an even more perplexing hole in it. “Something tried to get in … or to get out,” one researcher observed in a live feed of the Seascape Alaska mission. “I just hope when we poke it, something doesn’t decide to come out,” another said, according to the Herald. “It’s like the beginning of a horror movie. I’m pretty sure this is how the first episode of the X-Files started,” a team member said, according to The Mirror.
The team, exploring an extinct volcano 250 miles off the coast of southern Alaska, used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and “tickled” the egg, the reporters said, which alerted them to the fact it was delicate to the touch like skin tissue. The ROV then gently “suctioned” the strange object up a tube so it could be tested in a lab.
Until then “the orb remains a mystery,” NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Emily Crum told The Mirror Tuesday, after speaking to the expedition coordinator. “Sounds as if they won’t learn more until after the expedition is over and they can take the specimen into a full lab setting,” she said.
While still baffled, the scientists have made guesses, with some thinking it may be an egg casing or the remains of a sponge, the reports said. “When our collective knowledge can’t identify it, it’s something weird,” one team member said. “What kind of an animal would make an egg casing like that?” The dive is part of the Seascape Alaska 5 expedition, which began Aug. 24 and will continue through Sept. 15.