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Canada military investigate mysterious Arctic pinging noise


The Canadian military has investigated a mysterious sounds coming from the sea floor in Nunavut,  a remote region of the Arctic. The military is no closer to solving the mystery of what could be making the “acoustic anomalies.”

Officials have told the BBC that the strange noises, sometimes also described as a pings, beeps or a hum, is reported by local people to have frightened animals away over the past few months.

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The sound has been heard throughout the summer in a narrow channel of water in Nunavut, the largest and least populous territory of Canada, located next to Greenland,  CBC reported.

“The sound that has been heard in the area seems to be emitted from the seabed and underwater, ” said an Oct. 25 statement according to News National Post. “Our constituents as well as hunters and boaters have reported that the area in question is almost devoid of sea mammals and that hunting has been poor in the area for quite some time.”

A military aircraft conducted various multi-sensor searches, but the aircraft crew “did not detect any surface or sub-surface contacts, ” the military said on Friday in a statement release.





“It’s one of the major hunting areas in the summer and winter because it’s an area of open water surrounded by ice that’s abundant with sea mammals, ” legislative assembly member Paul Quassa told BBC. “And this time around, this summer, there were hardly any. And this became a suspicious thing.”

The area is normally a migratory route for bowhead whales and various kinds of seals, but this summer there was none.

Residents and Canadian media have speculated about various explanations for the sound, including that a mining company may be conducting sonar surveys or that Greenpeace may be using some kind of device to scare wildlife away from the rich hunting ground and even it caused by military submarines

According to BBC local mining companies insist they do not work in the area, Greenpeace has denied it is responsible and the Canadian military say no evidence of local or foreign submarines are known to have operated in the area.




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