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Mysterious Purple Orb | Nautilus Live

Mysterious Purple Orb

This unidentified purple orb stumped our scientists onboard. After sampling, it began to unfold to reveal two distinct lobes. After consulting with on shore scientists, the team thinks it may be a pleurobranch, a close relation to the nudibranch. Currently, none of the known species of California deep-sea pleurobranchs are purple, so this could be a new discovery.