Note: This story is very similar to the red rain story from 2001 over India.
Scientists have identified mysterious orange-colored goo that last week washed ashore and sparked pollution concerns in an Alaska village as small and possibly toxic crustacean eggs.
After examining the samples, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Alaska Fisheries Service Center announced Monday that they believe it was a mass of microscopic eggs filled with fatty droplets, most likely to be of a small crustacean.
Microscopic crustacean eggs which washed up on an Alaskan shore are shown in this undated handout photo from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to Reuters August 8, 2011. The eggs washed up onshore in the Alaskan village of Kivalina on the state's northwest coast.
“We now think these are some sort of small crustacean egg or embryo, with a lipid oil droplet in the middle causing the orange color,” Jeep Rice, a lead NOAA scientist at the Juneau lab, said in a press release.