New Delhi: Hunters in and around the remote Canadian territory of Nunavut are flummoxed after hearing unexplained sounds that appear to be coming from the Arctic sea floor.
The sounds are being described as 'pings', 'hums' and/or 'beeps' and have caught the intrigue of Canada's Department of National Defense, which dispatched a plane to investigate “to figure out the reason behind 'acoustic anomalies'.”
The team, however, was unable to put a finger on the reason behind the mysterious noises.
People residing in Fury and Helca Strait, about 120 km from the village of Igloolik, have also reported the strange sounds, saying that the local animals have been frightened away because of it over the past few months.
As per Gizmodo, reports also came in from boaters who navigated a private yacht through the area, and a number of other Nunavut residents say they've also heard the sounds. Whatever it is, this sound can apparently be heard through the hulls of boats.
Several theories explaining the cause of the sounds have been suggested, however, it is still a mystery that remains to be solved.
One theory, according to the Daily Mail, suggests that Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation - a nearby mining company - is to blame.
In the past, the firm has performed sonar surveys of the Steensby Inlet in the area. But the company maintains that it is not currently conducting any surveys in Nunavut, and does not have any equipment in the water.
One of the more weirder theories points the finger at Greenpeace, along with the accusation that the environmental group is deliberately generating the sounds to scare wildlife away from the rich hunting ground. Greenpeace denies the accusation, Gizmodo reported.