Mysterious Pinging Sound Heard Coming From Arctic Seafloor, Canadian Military Begins Investigation

Posted: Nov 5 2016, 5:25am CDT | by , Updated: Nov 5 2016, 5:58am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 

Mysterious Pinging Sound Heard Coming from Arctic Seafloor, Canadian Army Begins Investigation
Hunters in the boat on Igloolik shore. Credit: Nick Murray/CBC
 

Peopel from a remote community in Agloolik, Canadian Arctic claimed to have heard mysterious "humming" or "beep" sound somewhere from the seafloor

There’s something going on beneath the Arctic seafloor. But no one knows exactly what it is.

During the summer, people from a remote place Igloolik, Nunavut reported the presence of a mysterious sound under the seafloor of Canadian Arctic.

The sound which is being described as a “hum” or “beep” was heard throughout the summer in the area of Fury and Hecla Strait - roughly 120 kilometres northwest of the hamlet of Igloolik and it has been believed that it is scaring away animals. Local community claims that there is less marine wildlife today in what is usually an ideal place for hunting.

To investigate the problem, a Canadian military aircraft has also been sent to the icy, remote area this week. The crew had conducted various multi-sensor searches in the area but they had detected nothing there. 

“The Canadian armed forces are aware of allegations of unusual sounds emanating from the seabed in the Fury and Hecla Strait in Nunavut. The air crew performed various multi-sensor searches in the area, including an acoustic search for 1.5 hours, without detecting any acoustic anomalies. The crew did not detect any surface or subsurface contacts,” said Department of National Defence spokeswoman Ashley Lemire.

“The crew did observe two pods of whales and six walruses in the area of interest.”

Military has no plans to carry further investigations as they have found not a single clue about the source of the noise. However, the locals are still concerned about the pinging sound heard in the area and are coming up with their own explanations. Some are attributing the noise to the sonar surveys by a mining company Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation while others suspect that the sound is being generated on purpose by international environmental organization Greenpeace to scare wildlife away from the rich hunting ground. But both the organizations have denied the allegations.

Sonar is a technique which is used underwater to create the detailed maps of seafloor in search of oil and gas. But according to CBC News, the company accused of using sonar technology is not conducting any surveys in the area and has no equipment in the water at this time. Locals have also not ruled the possibility of a deliberate attempt of scaring away animals by environmental activists.

“We've heard in the past of groups like Greenpeace putting in some kinds of sonars in the seabed to get the sea mammals out of the way so Inuit won't be able to hunt them," said Paul Quassa, a member of the legislative assembly.

“Nobody has ever seen any type of ship or anything going through that area and putting something down.”

Igloolik is a home to many Arctic marine mammals including walruses and bowhead whales. In 2007, a ban was imposed on hunting, filming or any other activity that could disrupt the population of walruses that had declined considerably over the years.

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