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(Chron)   Scientists exploring shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico discover a WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?   (chron.com) divider line 44
    More: Cool, Gulf of Mexico, shipwrecks, tars, Nautilus, volcanoes, Monterrey  
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2014-04-29 07:49:13 PM  
Frozen Tar Volcano is the name of my new band.
 
2014-04-29 08:56:12 PM  
FTA "during a press conference. . . July 25, 2013"
 
2014-04-29 09:00:45 PM  
What a remarkably uninformative article
 
2014-04-29 09:04:32 PM  
It's a streetlight
 
2014-04-29 10:03:19 PM  
Don't wake it up!
 
2014-04-29 10:11:58 PM  
i291.photobucket.com

/hug?
 
2014-04-29 10:14:28 PM  
Hmm, I thought R'lyeh was in the Pacific.
 
2014-04-29 10:15:13 PM  
Tar volcano?  That's racist.
 
2014-04-29 10:18:25 PM  
I was gonna say soft serve chocolate mud volcano, but tar works too.
 
2014-04-29 10:19:29 PM  

akula: Hmm, I thought R'lyeh was in the Pacific.


Apparently it's less of a city and more of a trailer park.
 
2014-04-29 10:19:38 PM  
it's tiny, like a baby volcano or something
 
2014-04-29 10:22:18 PM  
Tells you right there is the article
 
2014-04-29 10:25:42 PM  
So is it really tar or can you eat it?
 
2014-04-29 10:31:25 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: What a remarkably uninformative article


A little detail would nice, like what century the shipwrecks date from.
 
2014-04-29 10:35:05 PM  
An autoplay video shows a tar volcano and the photos are from a ship wreck.

More at 11.
 
2014-04-29 10:43:13 PM  
Looks like an Elder Thing buried in the sand.
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-29 10:48:07 PM  
Davy Jones' Fleshlight.
 
2014-04-29 11:13:19 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: What a remarkably uninformative article


Seriously. Hard to believe someone was paid to write this.
 
2014-04-29 11:48:59 PM  
They said "chemosynthetic tube worms." Heh heh.
 
2014-04-30 12:27:31 AM  
Chocolate starfish?
 
2014-04-30 12:54:58 AM  
Sounds like a natural oil seep, there were lots of them off the coast of Santa Barbara before off shore oil drilling took the pressure off the undersea deposits and minimized the flow onto the local beaches. Shhhh.... don't tell the anti-drilling Libs that, wouldn't want to ruin their idea of utopia. 1970's  before drilling = Couldn't go to the beach without getting covered in oil tar. 1980's after drilling = Holy shiat! I can got to the beach and not come home covered in oil tar!
 
2014-04-30 01:05:14 AM  

ArmednHammered: Sounds like a natural oil seep, there were lots of them off the coast of Santa Barbara before off shore oil drilling took the pressure off the undersea deposits and minimized the flow onto the local beaches. Shhhh.... don't tell the anti-drilling Libs that, wouldn't want to ruin their idea of utopia. 1970's  before drilling = Couldn't go to the beach without getting covered in oil tar. 1980's after drilling = Holy shiat! I can got to the beach and not come home covered in oil tar!


Trolling this thread? Wow points for difficulty of that routine.
 
2014-04-30 01:19:57 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Looks like an Elder Thing buried in the sand.
[i.imgur.com image 640x480]


My first thought was Shoggoths/servitors, but that looks closer.

/I need to go reread "A Colder War" again
 
2014-04-30 02:05:49 AM  
Whelmed.
------------
I was.
 
2014-04-30 02:39:46 AM  
Half TFA is about three shipwrecks found near each other 4300 feet down.  There is no other information about the wrecks.  Are they 400 years old?  Four years old?  Is this article lorem ipsum between ads?
 
2014-04-30 05:06:18 AM  
img.fark.net

Someone should have slipped this into the slideshow of found artifacts.
 
2014-04-30 06:29:24 AM  
Okay so its natural. To be honest though, after the BP clusterfark I suspect there are all sorts of nasty lumps of goo bobbing around down there.
 
2014-04-30 07:07:04 AM  
Hmm, I was always so sure the earth's sphincter was somewhere in Ohio.
 
2014-04-30 07:27:50 AM  
In other news: TAR VOLCANO!
 
2014-04-30 07:32:12 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Looks like an Elder Thing buried in the sand.
[i.imgur.com image 640x480]


Did you just draw that? Good stuff if you did.
 
2014-04-30 07:51:51 AM  
I read one of the captions as "tens of hundreds of years old" an became very excited. It's early.
 
2014-04-30 08:43:58 AM  
content9.flixster.com
 
2014-04-30 09:09:54 AM  

rev. dave: So is it really tar or can you eat it?


They said "tar volcano," not "taffy volcano."

Man...  I'd love it so much if they could just find a taffy volcano because I'm a man who likes his taffy.
 
2014-04-30 09:37:16 AM  

Comsamvimes: Ivo Shandor: Looks like an Elder Thing buried in the sand.
[i.imgur.com image 640x480]

My first thought was Shoggoths/servitors, but that looks closer.

/I need to go reread "A Colder War" again


"Missile Gap" is good too. Same author, differentish premise.
 
2014-04-30 09:44:07 AM  

Buggar: it's tiny, like a baby volcano or something


A tar baby volcano
 
2014-04-30 09:55:48 AM  

CygnusDarius: akula: Hmm, I thought R'lyeh was in the Pacific.

Apparently it's less of a city and more of a trailer park.


Cthulhu; The world's first Pikey.
 
2014-04-30 09:59:59 AM  

wildcardjack: Davy Jones' Fleshlight.


Smexy

+1
 
2014-04-30 10:10:48 AM  
"Organisms growing on the structure gave it an approximate age on the order of tens to hundreds of years old "

That's a mighty fine approximation there, Lou.
 
2014-04-30 10:17:58 AM  

ArmednHammered: Sounds like a natural oil seep, there were lots of them off the coast of Santa Barbara before off shore oil drilling took the pressure off the undersea deposits and minimized the flow onto the local beaches. Shhhh.... don't tell the anti-drilling Libs that, wouldn't want to ruin their idea of utopia. 1970's  before drilling = Couldn't go to the beach without getting covered in oil tar. 1980's after drilling = Holy shiat! I can got to the beach and not come home covered in oil tar!


I'll give you a B- for effort. It might get some bites but it's hardly a masterpiece.
 
2014-04-30 11:18:48 AM  

InterruptingQuirk: Ivo Shandor: Looks like an Elder Thing buried in the sand.
[i.imgur.com image 640x480]

Did you just draw that? Good stuff if you did.


Hell no - I can't draw. I work exclusively in the medium of Google Image Search (which said the pic was from somewhere on DeviantArt).
 
2014-04-30 12:36:23 PM  

js34603: ArmednHammered: Sounds like a natural oil seep, there were lots of them off the coast of Santa Barbara before off shore oil drilling took the pressure off the undersea deposits and minimized the flow onto the local beaches. Shhhh.... don't tell the anti-drilling Libs that, wouldn't want to ruin their idea of utopia. 1970's  before drilling = Couldn't go to the beach without getting covered in oil tar. 1980's after drilling = Holy shiat! I can got to the beach and not come home covered in oil tar!

Trolling this thread? Wow points for difficulty of that routine.


The only thing giving it points is that, though exaggerated, the effect described is accurate.
 
2014-04-30 04:45:02 PM  
Did anyone notice that it was Shell Oil Company who found this? By doing a survey of the sea floor to see where an underwater pipeline might go they found the ship wrecks and reported them. If it wasn't for big oil these might never have been found.

Either way three wrecks found that close to each other in 4300 feet of water is amazing. The odds of that happenning have got to be astronomical.
 
2014-04-30 08:39:52 PM  
Oh come on, subby. We don't have to panic..until it starts feeding.
 
2014-04-30 08:40:39 PM  

croesius: That's a mighty fine approximation there, Lou.


He's got a bright future in auto repair estimates..
 
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