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What is this weird purple orb scientists found in the ocean?

by Brandon Russell | July 31, 2016July 31, 2016 10:00 am PST

Scientists on the Exploration Vessel Nautilus made a strange discovery off the coast of California recently when the crew happened upon a mysterious purple orb. That sounds like the beginning of a science fiction blockbuster but I assure you it is not.

Nobody knows what the orb is, but scientists didn’t hesitate to vacuum it up.

After some analysis, the team believes the orb might be a pleurobranch, a relative of the sea slug.

“Currently, none of the known species of California deep-sea pleurobranchs are purple, so this could be a new discovery,” the team said after finding the orb.

It looks like an Infinity Stone to me. You can see the discovery unfold in the video above.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...