Mysterious purple slime plagues the Lyngen fjord in northern Norway

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A mysterious purple slime has emerged off the coast of northern Norway, coating millions of cubic meters of the beautiful Lyngen fjord with a strange mucoid, margarine-like substance.

The unexplained mucus has been described as “a plague” by local fishermen. And its source remains unexplained.

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Mysterious purple jellyfish slime over fishing equipment on a boat. Photo: Roger B. Larsen

The images picked up from the echo sounders are totally atypical. This is something locals in Norway have never seen before.

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The unexplained purple mucus is now called a plague by local fishermen. Photo: Roger B. Larsen

Nobody has been able to find out what this weird purple slime really is.

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Scientists believe this purple substance are remains of dead jellyfish. Photo: Larsen

The slime was first reported by fishermen in late August. And now specialists are talking about millions of cubic metres of this weird substance.

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Could it be the remains of a giant swarm of this jellyfish species? Photo: Larsen

Oceanographers believe they could be the remains of a giant swarm of cigar comb jellyfish which had then been partially disintegrated.

Now you are lucky if you understand Norvegian:

Scientists can’t explain why it is like this, haven’t reported any jellyfish mass die-offs but say very dense jellyfish gathering that could trigger such a huge amount of mucus may form deep in the Lyngen fjord.

Pretty fishy, isn’t it?

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