posted on Dec, 26 2015 @ 06:11 AM
If this is Great Salt Lake in Utah, has anyone suggested brine shrimp, or brine shrimp eggs, as the cause of this? A
article got me thinking about this,
in particular the following quote:
"When conditions are favourable, female brine shrimp produce thin-shelled eggs that hatch immediately. But when food is scarce or salt levels are
rising, they resort to plan B. They produce hard-shelled "cysts", each of which contains a near-fully-developed larva ...In the 1990s, oil exploration
crews were drilling near the Great Salt Lake when they dredged up a mat of cysts between two layers of salt ... In the Great Salt Lake, brine shrimp
number in the billions. Every summer when females lay their eggs, thick "slicks" marble the lake's surface ...".
A bit more digging on the Internet has revealed an article on the
website that states the following:
"Adding to these mysteries is the bizarre story of a mysterious, noxious mass of floating decay that was 8 feet thick and first reported in 1966 in
the south arm of the lake at a depth of 22 feet. The mysterious oozing slime was described as having a horrific smell reminiscent of rotten eggs. When
the Utah Mineralogical and Geological Survey took a core sample of the perplexing mass in 1969 in an effort to find answers, it was found to be an
odiferous material that had the consistency of “a roll of baker’s dough ready for the oven.” The sludgy, putrid layer suddenly and inexplicably
vanished in 1991 and it is still not understood what it was. It is most often thought to have been either an unusual mass of brine fly larvae or a
layer of pickled raw sewage from the era before the 1950s when dumping sewage into the lake was common practice. If it was brine fly larvae, this
would not be the first case of such a phenomena as one of the great early explorers of the area, John C. Fremont, once reported coming across a vast
mass of such larvae measuring 10 to 20 feet wide and 7 to 12 inches deep along the shore. "
I can't explain the circular shape, except to speculate that some natural eddy or vortex in the water could have formed it. Unfortunately a Google
image search doesn't throw up anything particularly useful.