Mysterious Purple Orb (1)

This unidentified purple orb, stumped the scientists onboard E/V Nautilus, exploring the ocean…

After sampling, it began to unfold to reveal two distinct lobes.

UPDATE: We’re still working on a species ID with our science partners, but currently we’re thinking the purple orb is a pleurobranch, a nudibranch relative. Both are types of sea slugs, like this one:

It could possibly take years for scientists to definitively determine whether it’s a newly discovered species!

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