Okay before we leap on to strange slimes growth, we feel the need to clarify what we mean by “mysterious lake in Siberia”. When we say mysterious, we don’t really mean that a lake mysteriously popped out of nowhere in the middle of Siberia. The mysterious lake is the name given to Lake Baikal located in Siberia. There are basically two reasons why Lake Baikal received this unusual status. First, Lake Baikal is actually a single lake though many confuse it as three different lakes. Second, there is a widespread belief that the lake is home to UFOs and aliens. Well, that’s really mysterious.
What is this fuss about strange slimes?
This lake took a direct meteor hit in October 2015. We will come to this meteor hit later. For now, consider it just a statement or a piece of information that can come in handy for your general knowledge.
Lake Baikal has suddenly been affected by unexplained and strange slimes. The strange slimes are growing at a very alarming rate. Slime growth is not really a phenomenon that is related with this lake which is known for its crystal clear water. Dr. Oleg Timoshkin from Russian Academy of Sciences’ Siberian Branch’s Limnology Institute had previously raised concern about slime growth but not much attention was paid.
Currently, things have gone slightly terrible. The shoreline of the lake is teaming with strange slimes that are black. Green slime can be seen in the southern part of Lake Baikal. The same green slime has created a green carpet covering at the bottom of the lake in many areas.
Scientists have conducted studies on green slime and have come to the conclusion that they are nothing by algal growth. One can argue that algae is commonly present in almost all lakes and there have been episodes of algae spotting at the mysterious Siberian lake. However, algae spotted earlier was not alarming. The green slime however has a different story.
Not only the growth rate and quantity of the green slime is alarming, what’s really disturbing is that the algae is actually a seriously dangerous species known as Spirogyra fluviatilis! Problem is that this incredibly dangerous algae was never spotted in Lake Baikal previously. It is now present and is multiplying superfast.
Researchers have come up with an opinion that something in the water affected the diseased sponges and now the green algae slime is happily feeding on these dead sponges and growing fast.
Where are the sponges coming from?
The sponges aren’t coming from anywhere. They have always been there and now because of something; the sponges are either dead or they are dying. These dead or dying sponges are becoming black slime near the shoreline.
What is causing the death of sponges and promoting strange slimes?
This isn’t just any question. It is actually a pressing concern and scientists are trying to actually figure out the real cause behind the same. There are actually many theories that are floating around regarding this. Let us take a look at them:
- Government is deliberately polluting Lake Baikal with these strange slimes in an attempt to kill the aliens and flush out their UFOs.
- The aliens are deliberately killing Lake Baikal so that they can gradually wipe out the human race.
- The meteor that managed to directly hit the lake back in October, 2015 has actually polluted the water with something that is leading to fast sponge death and slime growth.
As interesting as these theories may seem, they are pretty much unacceptable. Dr. Oleg Timoshkin however has a different theory. He says that humans are responsible for this. Most probably he is right. How the hell can we forget the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? If that is possible then this unexpected and strange slime growth in Lake Baikal is also possible.
According Dr. Timoshkin, the slime growth is seen in areas that are close to urban settlements. It is very likely that urban waste is polluting the water of the lake way faster than the rate at which the cleaning plants of the lake can handle.
Wait! What? Cleaning plants? Yes! Lake Baikal has some aquatic plants that are responsible for filtering the water and keeping it clean and fresh. For years, according to Dr. Oleg Timoshkin, human and human activities generated waste material has been polluting the lake and the lake just cannot swallow it all and play the game of, ‘hey look, I am still okay… feel free to dump more waste”. In fact, there are areas in Lake Baikal that are totally dead! In other words, there are several areas of the lake that are so polluted that they have become virtually useless.
So, what do you think? Which theory sounds the most legitimate? For us, the theory put forward by Dr. Timoshkin is more realistic than others. Rejecting the alien theory is no brainer. Let us know your thoughts on these strange slimes. Do you think humans should stop exploiting nature before it is too late and Nature turns against us? If Nature decides to treat us as enemies, then there will be one route for escape – death! What are your thoughts?