Mysterious Orange Goo In Alaska

Mysterious orange goo tested in Alaska. Tests have been conducted on the substance on the surface of the water in Kivalina, Alaska.

Authorities say a mysterious orange-colored substance has washed up on the shores of a remote village in northwest Alaska. Tests have been conducted on the substance on the surface of the water in Kivalina. City Administrator Janet Mitchell told The Associated Press that the substance has also shown up in some residents’ rain buckets. Mitchell explained that residents of Kivalina are disturbed by the odd color of the substance and fearing that it might be toxic, have requested that an algae expert from the University of Alaska Fairbanks be sent to investigate the mystery goo as soon as possible.

Pictures captured by Mida Swan, one of Kivalina’s 377 citizens, show an orange sheen across the harbor and close-ups of the matter on beaches in the village which lies approximately 625 miles northwest of Anchorage.
Swan, who apparently stuck her hand in the orange substance to find out what it smells like, claims it does not give off an odd odor.

Coast Guard Petty Officer David Mosely tells KTUU that it’s not a petroleum substance and it’s not man-made. Pictures taken by resident Mida Swan show an orange sheen across the harbor and on beaches in the village about 625 miles northwest of Anchorage. Swan says she didn’t smell anything odd when she dipped her hand into the substance.

By: Kara Gilmour
Published: Aug 8, 2021
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