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It's Time to Test that Mysterious Mass

The mysterious Alaskan slime has been identified as eggs. A sample of the "goo" has been taken to a NOAA laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina for analysis. NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle says, "We'll probably find some clues, but we'll likely never have a definitive answer on (what they are)."

Live 5 News in Charleston reports that "Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday they don't know for sure what species the eggs are, although they believe they are some kind of crustacean eggs or embryos. They also don't know if the eggs are toxic, and that worries many of the 374 residents of Kivalina, an Inupiat Eskimo community located at the tip of an 8-mile barrier reef on Alaska's northwest coast."

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation also sent samples to the Institute for Marine Science at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

Live 5 quotes City Councilwoman Frances Douglas, who estimated the size of the egg mass, as saying she could see "in excess of a thousand gallons, easily."

They quote Kivalina city official Janet Mitchell as saying, "It seems to be all gone, but if they're microscopic eggs, who's to say they're not still in the river?"

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