Interesting question, no? Sun July 30, 2006 Reddish-purple catfish eggs baffle wildlife officials EUFAULA - Despite the completion of several tests, officials are still stumped as to why reddish-purple eggs were found in young Lake Eufaula catfish in May. "At this point, we still don't have a definitive answer as to why these fish eggs were purple," said Ron Suttles, head of the state Wildlife Conservation Department's natural resource division. Wildlife officials asked the Department of Environmental Quality to conduct tests on the eggs after they were found by anglers. The agency ran tests for pesticides, organic compounds and metal, said Monty Elder, spokeswoman for the department. "We found nothing that seemed unusual to us," she said. But Elder said the agency has never tested fish eggs before and therefore had to rely on tests they usually conduct when testing fish flesh. "This color could possibly be the result of some biological or chemical makeup ... which we do not have the instruments to test for," she said. Suttles said the wildlife department has looked into several hypotheses, including egg reabsorption, as to why the eggs were purple, but still do not have any clear answers. "Everyone was kind of scratching their head, no one had a definitive statement," he said.