The "Bloop" is the onomatopoeic name given to a strange sound picked up by underwater microphones, known as hydrophones, in 1997. NOAA- the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an American scientific agency, has set up hydrophones in many seas of the world to listen to the sounds of the ocean. Some of these were originally called the Sound Surveillance System- SOSUS and had a military purpose; they were used by NATO to detect Soviet submarines and ships traversing designated regions of the sea. These hydrophones are very sensitive and have discovered that the oceans are in fact a very noisy place, even if that noise is of a kind we humans can't hear. Along with artificial noise of ships and underwater explosions, are the singing of whales, and other much louder sounds. Most of these can be identified as earthquakes on the seabed and impacts from icebergs. Then one day in 1997 (oddly enough I can't find a source pinpointing the exact date) a sound was detected that nobody recognized. It was at a very low frequency; it rose from nothing to just fifty hertz over the course of about a minute, and then vanished. What was remarkable about it was its volume, at least three hundred decibels, several times as loud as a whale singing at the top of its voice. The recording of the Bloop has to be sped up many times to make the sound audible to human ears, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBN56wL35IQ. It was heard by two separate listening stations over three thousand miles apart and comparing both their bearings the noise was roughly triangulated. It was thought to be in a spot in the deep
Pacific Ocean about
four hundred miles west of the tip of South America.
After some consideration NOAA claimed that they'd solved the mystery; it was
the sound of icebergs colliding. However another scientist, David Wolman,
reckoned that it was still animal related, but what kind of animal? It was too
loud to be a whale. The Bloop has never recurred since. What nobody denies is
that the ocean still hides a vast array of mysteries. In many ways, we know
more about outer space than we do about the watery envelope covering almost
three quarters of the Earth's surface. Over 99% of the ocean floor remains
completely unexplored. NOAA have picked up other enigmatic and inexplicable
sounds since the Bloop which they'd christened "Upsweep",
"Whistle", "Julia", "Slow Down" and
Several fiction writers have wondered what lies beneath. The most famous of these was HP Lovecraft who wrote a story published in a pulp fiction magazine in 1926 called The Call of Cthulhu. It was all about a submerged city originating in a mysterious otherworld that acts as a prison for a horrific sea monster called Cthulhu which was a gigantic reptilian winged humanoid with octopus-like tentacles emerging from its face. Strangely enough Cthulhu's city, R'lyeh, was said to stand on the seabed less than a thousand miles from where the Bloop was vaguely estimated to have broken out. Lovecraft's story inspired Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson when they wrote my favourite novel, The Illuminatus! Trilogy. Naturally the Bloop is fact and Lovecraft's story is fiction, but how often before has life imitated art? I can think of numerous examples. Perhaps fiction writers tap into some kind of psychic resonance which inspires them to write stories that closely match real events in ways that cannot be dismissed with that skeptic Joker: just a "coh-inss-i-dunce!" The 1989 James Cameron film The Abyss also explores the possibility of deep sea non-human civilization. Cameron himself descended to the Challenger Deep, the deepest place in the world's oceans, in a deep-sea mini-submarine; why would he do that if all he invented was fictional? It has been known for some time that the oceans contain natural deep sound channels in which sound waves are focused and concentrated into beams. These beams carry the sound much further and for far longer than a normal sonic medium. Some people claim depth charge detonations for the 1940's
Battle of the Atlantic
still to this day resonate around the world in these deep sound channels. Similar
sound channels have been discovered in the upper atmosphere which is why
Project Mogul was launched in 1947. This was a top secret operation to listen
for Soviet nuclear bomb tests by hoisting microphones into the upper atmosphere
on giant balloons. Project Mogul has been falsely claimed to be the explanation
for the Roswell Incident. This article explains why that is incorrect, but also
has information on deep sound channels, see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2007/12/roswell-no-aliens-just-sound-waves.html.
The Bloop has also played a role in the Animal Planet TV mockumentaries Mermaids- the Body Found and Mermaids- the New Evidence, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWE4g33dwdI
When I first saw these programmes I did wonder if they could be true stories.
Now I'm 95% certain they are indeed completely faked, but I still think there's
some genuine reason why these programmes were made. I'll have to write a
dedicated post about this subject to explain properly. Could there be some kind
of... something... deep in the liquid
depths of our planet's hydrosphere that is beyond anything we have yet
imagined? At the moment our telescopes are pointed up at the heavens, waiting
for a sign of intelligent life from out
there. The "WOW! Signal" could be one such call, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4EyZt9r8QE.
Perhaps we should not only be looking upwards; we should also look down. Was
the Bloop an undersea equivalent of the "WOW! Signal"?