The Canadian Military Is Investigating a Mysterious Noise In the Arctic


Sunset in Igloolik, Image: wikimedia.org/CC BY-SA 3.0/ Nunaview
Sunset in Igloolik, Image: wikimedia.org/CC BY-SA 3.0/ Nunaview

 

In the tiny Arctic hamlet of Igloolik, Nunavut, hunters say a mysterious sound, seemingly coming from the bottom of the sea, is driving wildlife away.

By Jordan Pearson | MOTHERBOARD

According to the CBC, locals have different theories about its source, and have attributed this “ping” or “hum” to a mining company that has operated nearby, or even to sabotage by Greenpeace. Both entities denied having anything to do with the phenomenon that hunters allege has made an area once teeming with wildlife a bit more barren over the course of the summer.

Although the Arctic has been increasingly opening up to mining operations, tourism, and military exercises, this pinging sound remains unexplained. Without anywhere else to turn, and with no leads on what’s causing it, the Office of the Premier of Nunavut called on the Department of National Defence (DND) to investigate in October.

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