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Alaska's Orange Goo Mystery Solved


Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Alaska's Orange Goo Mystery Solved

In July-August when I was silver salmon fishing in Alaska we noticed an orange "scum" on the water. No one knew what it was. I was fortunate to be there at the right time and took photographs of it and wrote a blog about it because it had made the national news. http://www.humzoo.com/stevenheinzel/blog/100/


The best scientists were able to come up with was that it was non alien and non toxic. They speculated that most likely it was spores from a type of fungus called rust. But the mystery still remained because scientists were not able to positively identify the exact species of the rust fungus - until now. It is It is the Spruce-Labrador Tea Needle Rust, Chrysomyxa ledicola, a parasite of both spruce trees and a rhododendron a flowering woody shrub common to conifer understories the world over called Labrador Tea. (http://news.yahoo.com/alaska-orange-goo-mystery-solved-065801406.html)


6 Comments
SallyPants
Darn, I was holding out hope for aliens.
SallyPants   Wednesday, March 7, 2012
billpearch
I agree. I was hoping for aliens, too.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, March 7, 2012
me tooooooo
Ellie   Wednesday, May 13, 2020
or raidoactive slime
Ellie   Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Ellie is that u!?!?!!?
aubrey rackleff   Wednesday, May 13, 2020
ya omg
Ellie   Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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