June 26, 2014
The Blob: Could It Be A Real Creature?
Most of us have seen at least one of the versions of the science fiction movie, The Blob, or at least have heard about it. The original was a low budget film made in 1958, featuring a creature that terrorizes a Pennsylvania town. Although it had Steve McQueen as one of the stars, and granted it was made in the 1950s, it still was a less than desirable movie. Even the remake in 1988 wasn’t much better, to me anyway. And I am partial to a good monster, sci-fi flick.
What if by some chance there are creatures out there that are blob-like? I’m not saying they will cast death and destruction all over the world like the ones in the movies, but real life creatures. With so many areas of this planet unexplored and new creatures being discovered frequently, there could be a blob out there somewhere.
Two years ago, just such a creature was caught on the underwater video camera of a Gulf oil rig. The blob-like creature was viewed swimming at a depth of 5,000 feet below the surface, and scientists have been in the dark as to what it actually was.
The video shows a blob-like creature floating by the oil rig’s piping, then disappearing from view. The operator of the camera tried focusing on the creature. It returned moments later to almost gracefully show off for the camera.
Is it a real-life blob or some other unknown species of sea creature? It appeared to have no eyes, mouth, or tentacles of any kind. First reports said that it could have been a whale’s placenta, but that was ruled out because it would have been eaten by predators.
Chief Editor of the “Deep Sea News” Craig McClain noticed that the creature had a sex organ similar to the giant jellyfish called Deepstaria enigmatica. This creature looks similar to a blob and moves like how a lava lamp acts. They are usually found in the Antarctic and have occasionally been spotted in the United Kingdom. So, if this is the animal being captured on film in the Gulf, how did it get there?
Upon further study of the video, the hexagonal pattern on the creature’s skin indicates it is another species of jellyfish of the same genus, Deepstaria reticulum, or a placental jellyfish. This species of jellyfish can grow about two feet wide and is also native to the Antarctic, where the temperature of the water is much colder. Scientists are baffled as to how or why this creature was swimming around in the Gulf.
Back in 2010 off the coast of the United Kingdom, another one of these blob-like jellyfish was spotted near a drilling operation. “This bag-like jelly is not that rare, but is large, so rarely seen intact,” Steven Haddock a scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California, said. “In the video, the swirling from the sub makes the medusa appear to undulate and it even turns inside-out.”
Oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth and 95 percent of them remain unexplored. What further mysterious creatures will be discovered in the future when we can access the uncharted regions of the ocean depths?
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