Tuesday Terror: "The Ping"

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Tuesday Terror: "The Ping"

If you're a fan of monsters that sleep beneath the depths of the sea, you're probably familiar with unexplained noises recorded by scientists in the ocean depths. Cryptic recordings like "Bloop" and "Slow Down" are unbelievably creepy to listen to... and for a long time, scientists had no idea what made these sounds. 

Bloop and Slow Down are no longer unexplained: they were made by an icequake and an iceberg running aground, respectively. 

But there are still some sounds that are completely unexplained... like "The Ping".

Recorded in 2016 in Nunavut, a remote northern territory in Canada, the Ping is a repetitive beeping, emanating from the sea floor in an icebound area of open water. The Canadian military described it as an "acoustic anomaly" and sent troops to investigate, because there shouldn't have been anything in that area that was capable of making these sounds.

And there wasn't. 

No submarines. No boats. No mining-company equipment. Just whales, walruses, ice and open water... and a persistent beeping, like an alien transponder, coming from the depths of the sea.

The Ping is still there, sometimes, if the conditions are right.

And no one has ever figured out why.


Photo by Jennifer Latuperisa-Andresen on Unsplash

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