According to CBC News, the residents in the isolated community in Igloolik, Nunavut have been hearing a noise during the summer. They have not found an identifiable cause. The Canadian Armed Forces stated that they are taking the appropriate steps to investigate the situation.
The noise has been described sounding like different things like a beep, hum, and a ping. This has been heard in the Fury and Hecla Strait, around 75 miles northwest of Igloolik for several months now.
A military patrol aircraft had been sent to investigate the area on November 1st. A statement to a British newspaper from department spokeswoman Ashley Lemire stated that different multisensor searches have been completed in the area. This included a 1.5-hour sonar search that failed to detect any anomalies. She also stated that the crew didn’t detect any subsurface or surface contacts; at this time the Department of National Defense doesn’t intend to complete any further investigations.
The region of a thinly dispersed population is known to be inhabited by many sea mammals during warmer times, but they are often times hunted by the local Inuits. These hunters have been hearing the ominous sounds for some time now, and they said that it seems to be scaring the wildlife away.
People who visit the area on private yachts are also reporting hearing the mysterious pinging noise. It appears that this noise can be heard close to the surface of the water, but also through the hull of boats.
CBC News noted that their reporters have not heard any of the noises themselves. They don’t have any more information from those that have alleged to hear the sound. Yet, it’s no surprise that several theories related to the origin of the noise have come up during the wake of the first reports.
One of them is that the Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation is to blame even though plenty of sonar surveys have been conducted in the region lately. Ecological activists are saying there might be some confused local whales and narwhal populations.
Sonar is something that mining companies use to make a detailed map of the sea floor while they are searching for offshore gas and oil. Sonar is known to disturb marine life such as dolphins and whales. Even so, the Baffinland Iron Mines Corporations, which has performed surveys nearby, stated to CBC that they have no equipment in the water at this time.
The local administration has stated that they have not issued any national permits to companies or groups for any hydrographic or construction work to be done in the region.
Greenpeace may be deploying underwater sonar emissions to scare aquatic life away, mainly so that the Inuit can’t hunt them. A spokesperson from the group denied this accusation while talking with CBC News. It was recorded that they respect the rights of the Inuit people who involve in such hunting.
The Department of National Defense noted that submarines passing through the area have not been ruled out, but they’re very strange to be the cause of the noise. Igloolik is just 43 miles away from a military base, so if secret military experiments are one of your preferred kinds of conspiracy hypothesis, then there could be something to latch on to.
This hasn’t been the first strange noise that the Canadian government has been asked to study. For years, there has been a low rumbling sound known as the Windsor Hum that has troubled the residents of Windsor, Ontario. At this time, research into this other noise has failed to discover the source, IFLScience reported.