Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Bloop





In 1997, a US Navy underwater microphone detected an unusual noise emanating from the ocean's depths and tracked it to a location near the southwest coast of South America. Though the Navy's sensors had been designed to capture the distinctive sounds of enemy submarines, this noise was clearly NOT man-made.

Nicknamed "The Bloop," the noise is similar in some respects to whale calls. But scientists who've listened to the Navy's recordings agree that "it is far more powerful than the calls made by any creature known on Earth." In other words, whatever is making the noise is far bigger than the largest whale. Far bigger than any animal known to mankind.

Some have suggested that giant squid might be responsible, but that theory has been rejected by the scientists who know the cuddly cephalopods best. In the ten years since The Bloop was first heard, we've learned little about its origins. All we know is that there may be enormous beasts lurking at the bottom of Earth's oceans, patiently waiting to make our acquaintance.

Read more here.

Photo via National Geographic.

12 Comments:

Blogger Foofoo said...

wow!
scary picture....
it doesn't look like a walrus to me.
i want to knmow more about this "Bloop"

6:03 PM  
Blogger Mysterie said...

Wow! That is so cool! It's awesome to think that there are HUGE animals that humans don't know about yet. Ananka, could you post more on the bloop?
The pic is awsome too! I think it's a huge octopus or squid or something, what do you guys think?

6:26 PM  
Blogger Mysterie said...

OK, this is totaly random, but has anyoneone seen the movie Juno? I just saw it last night, it is really good!

6:28 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Mysterie: I saw Juno! It's very cute. And I'd love to post more about the Bloop, but very little is known!

6:42 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Wow- awesome. Scary. Cool.

i can't wait to see Juno. The dialogue on wikipedia is hilarious!

6:57 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Oooh, intriguing!

8:41 PM  
Blogger !!LORNA!! said...

that pic looks like a manatae

4:24 AM  
Anonymous Magic_Turtle said...

Maybe its the Kraken!

6:59 AM  
Blogger SAMEANANYMOUS said...

is that about the size of the empire state biulding

5:34 PM  
Blogger ookamishinzui said...

That's kinda creepy (to me)but that's ok as long as it doesn't heut me. ^_^

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

Who wants to go SCUBA diving?

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

Spiffy photo.

I agree with magic_turtle xD Definitely the kraken.

6:36 PM  

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