Canada’s military is investigating a mysterious “pinging” sound coming from the bottom of the ocean bed, or from the centre of the Earth, that is disturbing and disorienting wildlife in remote Arctic regions.
The sound has also been described as a “hum” or a “beep” by those who have heard it.
“That’s one of the major hunting areas in the summer and winter … And this time around, this summer, there were hardly any [animals],” said Paul Quassa, a member of Canada’s legislative assembly.
“The Department of National Defence has been informed of the strange noises emanating in the Fury and Hecla Strait area, and the Canadian Armed Forces are taking the appropriate steps to actively investigate the situation,” a Canadian Armed Forces spokesperson told CBC News.
Other observers have also noted a strange lack of wildlife, and are associating it with the mystery pinging. Conspiracy theories proliferate (Greenpeace has denied it is responsible) but facts are hard to come by. No aliens have come forward.
The Fury and Hecla Strait is an emerging adventure tour area. Quark Expeditions is one tour company that ventures into the zone. “Today’s sailing takes you out of the Gulf of Boothia and into the Fury and Hecla Strait,” a Quark itinerary says. “This challenging strait narrows to 1.2 miles (2 km) wide. It is an excellent time to be out on deck to spot wildlife and seabirds, while we navigate through the strait.”
As long as the weird pinging doesn’t drive the wildlife away.
Written by Peter Needham