28/07/2016 09:11 BST | Updated 28/07/2016 10:27 BST

Mysterious Unidentified Purple Blob Found Deep In The Pacific Ocean

Could this be a new form of life?

Researchers have discovered an unidentified purple blob in the Pacific ocean, off the coast of Los Angeles.

They came across the strange, squishy looking object while operating a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) from Exploration Vessel Nautilus.

The blob was found under a protective overhang next to a crab, which the researchers had to fend off in order to secure the object.

They used a sucking device to draw the object into the ROV. Once the sample had been collected, it separated to show two lobes.

When they came across the blob, researchers speculated that it could be an egg sack, salp or planktonic tunicate. But an official YouTube video of the discovery suggests that it might be a nudibranch.

Incredibly, it could actually take several years for the blob to be officially identified. 

Run by the Ocean Exploration Trust, E/V Nautilus is currently exploring the Southern California Margin. The mission is being broadcast live online.

In April last year, Nautilus researchers captured stunning footage of a sperm whale swimming right up to around one of their ROVs.