Watch: Peculiar purple orb appears in Channel Island waters

The Nautilus Exploration Program discovered a mysterious purple orb while mapping the sea floor near the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California, Smithsonian Magazine reports. The team thinks the orb is most likely a new species of sea slug after they slurped it up with a vacuum and examined it on the ship. In a video recording of the find, the scientists consider that it could also be an egg sac or embryo of an unknown sea creature.

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