Giant, Mucus-Like Sea Blobs on the Rise, Pose Danger

By | October 12, 2009

As sea temperatures have risen in recent decades, enormous sheets of a mucus-like material have begun forming more often, oozing into new regions, and lasting longer, a new Mediterranean Sea study says (sea “mucus” blob pictures).

And the blobs may be more than just unpleasant.

Up to 124 miles (200 kilometers) long, the mucilages appear naturally, usually near Mediterranean coasts in summer. The season’s warm weather makes seawater more stable, which facilitates the bonding of the organic matter that makes up the blobs (Mediterranean map).

Now, due to warmer temperatures, the mucilages are forming in winter too—and lasting for months.

Until now, the light-brown “mucus” was seen as mostly a nuisance, clogging fishing nets and covering swimmers with a sticky gel—newspapers from the 1800s show beach-goers holding their noses, according to study leader Roberto Danovaro, director of the marine science department at the Polytechnic University of Marche in Italy.

But the new study found that Mediterranean mucilages harbor bacteria and viruses, including potentially deadly E. coli, Danovaro said. Those pathogens threaten human swimmers as well as fish and other sea creatures, according to the report, published September 16 in the journal PloS One.

Blobs Born of “Marine Snow”

A mucilage begins as “marine snow”: clusters of mostly microscopic dead and living organic matter, including some life-forms visible to the naked eye—small crustaceans such as shrimp and copepods (copepod picture), for example.

Over time, the snow picks up other tiny hitchhikers, looking for a meal or safety in numbers, and may grow into a mucilage.

The blobs were first identified in 1729 in the Mediterranean, where they’re most often seen. The sea’s relative stillness and shallowness make the water column more stable, providing ideal conditions for mucilage formation.

via Giant, Mucus-Like Sea Blobs on the Rise, Pose Danger.

Just the name freaks me out, “mucilage”. Great name for a horror movie. Voice of the late Donald Leroy LaFontaine:

For years they kept out of sight. They watched us from the depths. And they made their plans. Now, the time of humans is about to end… Now, the Earth will enter … the Age of the Mucilage

(* Quick flashes of people being eaten by blobs * Blobs attacking New York * Ominous sound effects, like 200 lbs of angry snot *)

… Coming to a theater near you.

3 thoughts on “Giant, Mucus-Like Sea Blobs on the Rise, Pose Danger

  1. francis

    Simply, “progress”, so-called, is destroying the earth(land, air, water, vegetation, creatures) and perverting that which is Spirit(Light, Life, Truth, Love, Peace, Hope, Grace, Miracles, Faith, etc.) ;-(

    And The Creator(G-D, Father,Spirit) has promised that HE would “destroy those who destroy the earth(HIS Creation)!” (Rev11:18c)

    Yet there is a Living, Lively Hope! However, such Hope is not for that which is of the earth, earthly and fleshly, but there is a Living, Lively Hope for that which is Spirit, Heavenly and Spiritual. Hope for that which is Spirit is Alive because “progress”, which is the product of mankind’s “imag”ination, can pervert, yet not destroy that which is Spirit! For that which is Spirit is Real, and only that which is Real is Forever!

    So no matter how perverse this world’s systems of religion become, that which is Spirit can only be abused and perverted, not destroyed! That which is Spirit is Eternal……. And as for that which is called “religion”? Pure religion and undefiled before G-D The Father is this, to visit the fatherless (those children who know not their Father, HE WHO is The Only True G-D, Father{Creator} of ALL) and widows(those who have not “experienced The Messiah and The Power{Our Father} that raised Him from among the dead”) in their affliction and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the world…….” (James 1:27)

    Simply, all other religion is impure and defiled, and so it is that those who are of this world, those who are “contaminated by this world” are destroying the earth……. And notice that “pure and undefiled” religion is of “oneself(individual)”, a Brother or Sister doing The Will of Our Father, led of The Holy, Set Apart, Spirit……. Corporate “religion” is pagan, and of this wicked world(babylon)……. And “Brothers and Sisters” is not “religion”, for what are Brothers and Sisters if not Family? Would not The Family of The Only True G-D, Father(Creator) of ALL, known by many(yet experienced by few) as “The Body of The Messiah” be joined in Spirit as One? And would not such a Family be much closer than any natural, fleshly family?

    What is declared to be “religion” today is truly the devil’s playground……. Simply, Faith will not create a system of religion……. As stated previously, “that which is called “”progress” is of mankind’s “imag”ination and can pervert, yet not destroy, that which is Spirit”, and so it is that this world, and it’s systems of religion, have their version of “Light”, which can be turned on and off; Their version of “Truth”, which is of the “imag”ination; Their version of “Love”, which should be called lust; Their version of “Peace”, which needs be enforced; Their version of “Hope”, which is but a desire for temporal “things”; Their version of “Faith”, which is powerless; Their version of “Grace”, which is the liberty to “do your own thing”;

    And sadly, the favorite color of this world’s religion is gray ;-(

    So come out of the shadows! And as is said by many, “Get Real”! Once again, “only that which is Real is Forever, and only that which is Spirit is Real”! Hope is there would be those who “see” that The Life is in and of The Spirit. Those who “see” will no longer have their portion with the multitudes who are destroying the earth(water, air, land, creatures, vegetation) and perverting that which is Spirit(Light, Life, Truth, Love, Peace, Hope, Faith, Grace, Mercy, etc.) ;-( Simply, each breath(Spirit) you take is a revelation of The Source of Life.

    And “A Simple and Spiritual Life is the only Life that will survive!”

    Forever…….

    So “set your affections on Heavenly things” and be not of those “whose god is their bellies because they mind earthly things”. Be not of those who “love this world and it’s things” and who are “progress”ively destroying the earth(land, air, water, vegetation, creatures) and perverting that which is Spirit(Light, Life, Truth, Love, Peace, Hope, Faith, Grace, etc.)…….

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world and it’s systems of religion, for “the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one” (1John5:19) indeed and Truth…….

    Truth is never ending…….

    1. Xeno Post author

      Agreed. Halloween is coming up, and this seems like an X file. That blob looks like a pod. It even seems to have an air tank growing on it!

      Depending on the direction of the arrow of time, the diver in the picture could be a fully developed alien hatched from a blob… or the blob could be what remains of a previously digested diver.

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