Bloop

I was reading the wiki article on the unexplained sound “Bloop”. (If someone could post the cite, I would kindly appreciate it - I’m not sure how to do that myself). Anyone wish to venture a guess as to what it might be? Bonus points for guesses with scientific explanations!

Cite: Bloop

Thank you Giles

When Wiki posts something like this, I take a deep breath and look a little deeper. But it appears that there might be some truth to the bloop sound. (from NOAA Ocean Explorer.)

Edit - spkjelling.

FYI … You can post a link to a web page here by just including the url in your text. The board software will handle the rest for you automatically. It will appear as a clickable link to everyone else when they see your post.

Skeptoid had an interesting episode on the bloop (link to readable version). Long story short, nobody knows for sure what it is, but there’s really all kinds of weird noises in the ocean, and it’s probably not an animal (what kind of animal would, for instance, vocalize just a couple of times during one summer, only to then be silent forever?).

Though it has to be noted that the approximate origin of the bloop is not all that far from where Lovecraft posited the sunken city of R’lyeh; so perhaps it’s just that the stars were almost right in '97, causing some disturbance in the dreams of dead Cthulhu…?

The ‘Bloop’ was also the alien monkey pet in Lost In Space.

More than coincidence?

I think not.

That, or he farted in his sleep.

Good point. If it’s also several times the size of the blue whale, it’s hard to imagine what source of calories could sustain that sort of animal.

It sounded to me like a giant underwear gaseous leak or landslide.

At least it wasn’t a giant knocking, pecking kind of sound…

Maybe one that didn’t park itself next to that particular microphone for the entire summer?

Actually, its name was Debbie. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_in_Space#Characters

That would be Blarp, from the 1998 movie.

We’re coming to a consesus, I see.

At the risk for sounding incredibly dumb and out of touch with the times, what is an url?

The address to a web page.

Look in the white bar in your browser window above where the page itself is. If you go to Google, the URL will look like this: http://www.google.com/

Just copy all of the URL (make all of it it turn white-and-blue, click the right button on your mouse, and click ‘Copy’ on the drop-down menu) and paste it into your post (put the cursor (little blinking line) in where you type the post, click the right button on your mouse, and click ‘Paste’ on the drop down menu) and that will do it.

Actually, methane production sounds like a pretty good bet.

It stands for Uniform Resource Locator

It wasn’t really ‘next to’ any particular microphone; rather, it was picked up by multiple ones distributed over a range of 5000 km. I don’t think a recurrence of a sound this powerful would easily slip past the various arrays of undersea microphones out there…