The Bloop Sound: Caused by the biggest animal or creature ever? An enormous underwater creature, many times larger than the blue whale, caused a sound so loud it was heard by scientists 3000 miles apart. Was it a blue whale, a kraken, megalodon, colossal squid or maybe even Cthulhu awakening from his slumber?
In 1997, an array of hydrophones, special underwater microphones used by scientists to study happenings under the ocean, detected an extremely loud and low frequency sound that was able to be heard more than 3000 miles away from its source.
It was calculated to have occurred a ways west off the coast of the South American tip.
The sound, due to what it sounds like when sped up 16 times was dubbed "The Bloop" and sounds like this.
Ill play the real sound for you, which is much creepier, at the end of this video.
Due to the frequency signature of the sound, marine biologists believe the sound was not man made from something like a bomb or due to any sort of underwater volcanic or seismic activity. It seemed to moreso match that of some sort of underwater mammal - like the blue whale.
The problem is the loudest sound detected by a blue whale could only reach a little under 1000 miles...thus whatever it is that caused this sound had to be several orders of magnitude larger than the largest known living organism.
Take this size comparison chart. A school bus is about this size.
A blue whale is about this size.
Whatever produced this sound, assuming it was animal in nature had to be about this size....which is HUUUUGE.
Just what made this sound? Was it really a giant underwater sea creature that we have yet to discover...or perhaps something even more mysterious and foreign?
Could there of ever even been anything that lived before that made this sound? Let’s ask Adam over at Epic Wildlife.
Could it have been a megalodon? Or a colossal squid? Unlikely – as they are both much smaller than a blue whale. And yet, no prehistoric animal ever discovered has been bigger than a blue whale.
It’s scarey to think how much of our ocean depths are still completely unexplored.
The problem with a blue whale being the culprit is that the loudest sound ever recorded by a blue whale could only just reach the range of 1000 miles.
Thus, whatever it is that caused this sound had to be several orders of magnitude larger than the largest known organism, the blue whale.
Take this size comparison chart. A school bus is about this size. A blue whale is about this size. Whatever produced this sound, assuming it was animal in nature, had to eb about this size, probably a little less than the size of the Eiffel tower.
Just what made this sound? Was it really a giant underwater creature that we have yet to discover or perhaps something even more mysterious and foreign?
It is said we know much less about what lurks in the depths of our ocean than we do about outer space.
Here is an excerpt of what the actual Bloop sound sounded like without being sped up. Ill warn you...it might spook you a bit.
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