A mysterious rubbery "blob" creature that resembles scrambled eggs is smothering the ocean bottom in New England and beyond, and scientists are worried.
"This thing is ugly. It has no socially redeeming virtues," said Ivar Babb, after a recent study of the blob near Long Island.
The blob is an invasive sea squirt that reproduces quickly and forms large mats covering the ocean bottom, sometimes resembling scrambled eggs. Like some sort of scary ocean monster, it can change shape and has no known predators. At the first international conference on the blob, scientist Mary Carman even wondered if it's something newly evolved.
Invasive species smothers George's Bank, threatens valuable fish and scallops. It sounds like science fiction but it's real.