A mysterious pinging sound from sea floor baffles Igloolik and Military investigating the unexplained phenomenon.
Sometimes called a beep, a ping, or a hum, the sound is blamed for scaring away animals.
Hunters in a remote community in Nunavut are concerned about a mysterious sound that appears to be coming from the sea floor.
The “pinging” sound, sometimes also described as a “hum” or “beep,” has been heard in Fury and Hecla Strait — roughly 120 kilometres northwest of the hamlet of Igloolik — throughout the summer.
According to the speaker of the community, this weird noise from the deep is scaring the animals away.
Being one of the major hunting area normally, this year it is empty. And this became a suspicious thing.
The noise is emanating from the sea floor. That passage is a migratory route for bowhead whales, and also bearded seals and ringed seals. There would be so many in that particular area. This summer there was none.
Boaters aboard a private yacht passing through the area also say they heard the mysterious sound. The noise can apparently be heard through the hulls of boats.
A new military secret experiment?
Theories abound, but nobody seems to know where the sound comes from.
One theory blames Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation. The company has previously conducted sonar surveys of nearby Steensby Inlet in conjunction with its Mary River mine southwest of Pond Inlet.
No territorial permits have been issued for work — such as construction, blasting or hydrography — in the area that could explain the noise.
Is the sound being generated on purpose by Greenpeace to scare wildlife away from the rich hunting ground? Groups like Greenpeace put in some kinds of sonars in the seabed to get the sea mammals out of the way so Inuit won’t be able to hunt them.
Or is there a huge secret military base field in the area, where secret and new weapons are being developped?
The military is also aware of the noise, and says it is looking into it.
Igloolik is about 70 kilometres north of Hall Beach, an active military site that was once part of the now-defunct DEW line of radar stations.
Submarines were not immediately ruled out, but were also not considered a likely cause and the armed forces are investigating: ‘The Department of National Defence has been informed of the strange noises emanating in the Fury and Hecla Strait area, and the Canadian Armed Forces are taking the appropriate steps to actively investigate the situation.‘
For now, the sound, its origins, or what it might be doing to the animals remains a mystery. Nobody has a single clue.