Scientists exploring the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean have stumbled upon something they cannot explain: An organized series of holes in the seafloor. The strange discovery was made on July 23. The photographs depict dots that “look almost human made” connecting into straight lines.
So far, NOAA Ocean Exploration has been unable explain it.
“We observed several of these sublinear sets of holes in the sediment. These holes have been previously reported from the region, but their origin remains a mystery,” NOAA Ocean Exploration reported. “While they look almost human made, the little piles of sediment around the holes make them seem like they were excavated by … something.”
While visiting the summit of an underwater volcano north of the Azores on July 23, the dive reached depths of 1.7 miles.The holes were discovered on a flat, sandy surface, as can be seen in photographs supplied by NOAA.
To safely document the discovery, a remotely controlled camera was deployed.
The public was asked to submit theories, but people have so far just raised more questions, such as whether the holes were caused by someone taking core samples.
“Is that an object or animal inside the holes? Does that line run in the same direction as the current?” Anthony Narehood asked.
“Water from underground springs?” Mike Weathersby posted.
“What about gas methane?” Eduardo Pogorelsky said.
Twitter users had some thoughts on the matter, suggesting the strange holes could be from fishing gear or perhaps a hidden crack in the seafloor. Others thought maybe it could be a burrowing or swimming critter that had left the marks.
The discovery was made as part of the Voyage to the Ridge 2022 expedition, which is mapping the “poorly understood deepwater areas of the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and Azores Plateau.” NOAA said similar holes had been reported in the region before.
So what’s YOUR hypothesis? Sea monster? Aliens? Humans? Give it your best guess.
The Atlantic holes will remain a mystery for now.
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