Remembering the “Bermuda Blobs”

February 11, 2010

Of all the things Bermuda is known for the “Bermuda Blobs” may not be the most chic, but in marine science circles they are quite infamous.

The original “Bermuda Blob” was an unidentified mass found by diving expert Teddy Tucker in Mangrove Bay, Somerset in May 1988.

Mr. Tucker described the blob as

It was white, the exterior of it was fibry, almost like wet wool. It was very dense, and inside of it was white all the way through and had cells almost like a honeycomb but not regular.

It was not be a part of any fish or shark, I’m familiar with all of that, I don’t know what it was. Nobody gave me a real definite answer.

Speculation has been bandied about in some circles that the “blob” was part of some part of a huge “sea monster”.

1988: Bermuda Blob

1988: Bermuda Blob

Bermuda Blob #2 was another unidentified mass [also known as a "globster"] found in Bermuda in the mid 90′s. Analysis of samples in suggest that Bermuda Blob #2 was a large mass of whale adipose tissue, in layman’s terms a bunch of whale fat.

Bermuda Blob #2

1995: Bermuda Blob

Although we can safely assume the Department of Tourism won’t be using the “blobs” in it’s marketing promos, they were very interesting scientific discoveries. For more reading on the scientific aspects [microscopic, biochemical, and molecular characteristics of the "Bermuda blobs" and others] see this article from the Marine Biological Laboratory.

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