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The Loudest Underwater Sound Ever Recorded
- Published on May 30, 2023 veröffentlicht
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The ocean is wide, vast, and terrifying. But for the last 40 years, researchers around the world have been recording audio from hydrophones to try to understand it better. And we've learned a lot. But a surprising number of sounds have been recorded that defy explanation. Here are some of the most mysterious.
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0:00 - Intro
2:48 - Hydrophones
4:01 - The Bloop
5:17 - Bloop Theories
7:50 - The Bloop Mystery Solved
8:58 - Other Unexplained Sea Sounds
13:54 - Sponsor - Henson Shaving
- Science & Technology
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Thought I would hop into the comments and say thanks to everyone for your patience as I've been slower on the uploads this month. And also (grab a kleenex), this is the last video that you will see with this background. I've got a whole new set that I've built and I've already got a couple videos shot with it that will start rolling out on April 3rd.
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Much love Joe! Thank you for keeping me sane, best of luck with the new Ikea shelf! Looking forward to getting to know it's acquaintance!
Lemme know if you're gonna sell any of the 'old stuff'...😉
We come for the knowledge and laughs, not the number of videos posted. But we stay for the A class quality!!
Please tell me the Tron disc will still be there!
You know what’s even scarier than the strange noises? The SILENCE!!!!!
Woo woo WOW alert…
Same thing I thought about when he mentioned the squids and octopuses don’t make sounds. Cuz… ya know… scary.
Scarier still is hearing an echo when shouting into the dark abyss... but it’s not quite your voice: You know what’s even scarier than the strange noises? The SILENCE!!!!!
Whenever I am snorkeling and its silence I just hear that Jaws theme song
Love that song, Manchester Orchestra is great!!
Great video, great topic, and fun samples to listen to
Growing up on a lake in Northern Michigan, my first thought when I heard the bloop was "Sounds like ice cracking on the lake". When the ice is getting thicker (4"-6" of ice depth), the expansion of the ice causes huge cracks to relieve the stresses that build up. They have a weird organic sound to them. When the ice is thin,
You grew up on a lake? Mermaid? Or: I'm picturing a little crab typing away on a cell phone dropped from a boat...
Oh man it's so freaking fun!! It sounds wild!! You almost have to be there to believe it
Awww the poor souls who have never experienced the outdoors other than taking out the garbage.
@Cuvtixo It's English dontcha know kinda weird.
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That’s an incredibly nice thing to say, thank you. 🙂
100% Agreed. Joe is the man.
Great comment DT.
One day I was walking my dog next to a frozen lake... and suddenly a very deep, very loud sound "appears". I wouldn't say that I "hear" it... to be more exact... I would say that I "felt" it... I felt it inside me and everywhere. Of course that left me in shock... I had never heard anything like this in my life... and I have never heard it again. I am not able to express the depth of that sound. It was like being in a movie. I didn't imagine it because my dog listen it too.
I'm not sure what I heard... but I think what happened is that the lake was thawing... and I think what produced the sound was the entire surface of the lake descending a few cm and reverberating like a gigantic drum. Nature is really amazing
I'd love to hear -- or feel -- something like that! :D
Sounds like some part of the ice cracked!
Or there was a sasquatch nearby (they use infrasound).
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Kinda sorry, kinda serious.
Warmer fluids dissolve fewer gases, could have been a release of gas under the ice as the water warms. Definitely would need more information to know for certain.
Okay but the 'people living secretly in the attic' thing has happened and it's absolutely terrifying 🙅🏻
Yeah there’s some videos out there of people catching those guys on security cameras. Freaky as hell.
@Joe Scott I'm in your attic
Hugo is fed a bucket of fisheads every weeks
The people under the stairs are more worser...
Who ever made the names for the sounds needs a award 🥇
Sounds like a fun job, huh?
His name was Adolf hitler. Still think he needs an award?
@Liam Meharry yes
Do you know why the Whale makes the sad noise? Because it Hertz!
I love that you used Neil Breen as the stranger in the attic. Finding him up there would be both terrifying and for some reason, unsurprising.
Exactly what I thought. That's a totally Neil Breen thing, he'd be up there with a bunch of satellite dishes and cans of tuna.
He'd make too much noise breaking all those computers.
If you’ve ever been on a large frozen lake (or sea ice) you’ll know that shifting ice makes loud sounds something like huge metal wires twanging.
Yes and even booming sounds. I've heard some crazy sounds on Lake Michigan when ice fishing during a small thaw and even the large river that runs through our town makes very loud noises sometimes that I can hear from a half mile away and people have reported it to the police not knowing what it was. The river is very deep here and has very strong currents that are probably the cause.
I’ve heard that twanging sound
Not going to lie, I though you said
"shi💩💩ing ice." I was so confused. I think I need a nap.
I love this channel. Always learn something new with these videos. Like the sounds scientists make when they’re surprised.
You can’t deny it’s bloopiness ❤️
A big ol thing in the ocean farted... Scientists baffled
The sounds that planets make are kind of terrifying. Maybe you can do a vid on that :)
Yeah, the first time I 'heard' Saturn I thought "huh, so that's where hell is"
I have never heard that and I'm 100% terrified 😳
I feel like... I have?
I think I covered that in an old, old vid. Might be a fun topic to resurrect.
@Joe Scott It probably came from my subconscious then. Been with you for a long time on this wild ride. Yes, a revisit for sure. That stuff is so creepy and cool.
When looking for a solution to mysterious underwater sounds, the best method is to use Occam's Razor; which in this case leads to the answer that it's an interdimensional city phasing back into our spacetime and the pressure of the displaced water causes the noise. 😛
Or maybe it's an underwater Wakanda. The shield failed and the ocean claimed the city.
@Nitephall It's a wild held fact that underwater Wakanda sounds more like a kazoo or slide whistle. 😛
Hello Joe! I am really curious about the sounds of the ocean during the pandemic when all the shipping traffic was quiet. I tried to attempt to research this but hit a bunch of dead ends.
hi joe! thank you for always accompanying me through my sleepless nights :)
This video is fascinating; I thought that it was due to ice but the distance the sound traveled is remarkable!
i love that after so long you still keep the cephalopod joke running
Definitely an awesome topic to reference as often as possible. They're some of the most incredible creatures out there.
I loved that video 😅
I'm learning so much from this channel and I'm not even done with high school yet. I've learned things that I haven't even heard from school books. Keep on teaching!
Keep on learning! ;)
I found your channel a few weeks ago and I love it! Your ability to explain things in such an easy to understand and concise manner is amazing!
Welcome! I've been here about 3 months. I've watched about 70% or so of the older videos. Joe's a great communicator. Very funny too. You're going to learn a lot!
Thanks! Glad you're here!
I may be closer to 3 years (probably longer?), but his humor hasn't changed while his videos have improved.
The lonely whale reminds me of Bruiser the Elk. On Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound in Washington State, theres a single Elk named Bruiser. Elk are not native to the island, so he's the only one on it. Hes been there about 10 years, after swimming across the Sound to the island. You can occasionally hear him bugling during mating season. People have reported him destroying their clotheslines.
I just wanted to let you know joe that your videos always lighten up my day💪🏼
The sounds on your video scared my dogs enough so I had to pause and take them outside to brush off the uneasiness. I thought this is scary stuff for humans only, but apparently we're not alone in this. Thank for the video, great work!
Sometimes my dogs bark when I'm recording. Then later when I'm editing or playing it back, they'll hear themselves bark and get scared.
Sounds like an air bubble escaping the sea floor.
Could be methane, which would be pretty bad for global warming.
That's what I thought
There were definitely some 'fart in a bath' sounds in this vid
Yep, gas scraping some seafloor seismic activity is my best guess
Once again, great video, great topic, and fun samples to listen to. :D
Very curious and interesting, as per usual!
I have a question though: a lot of the sounds you mention were first recorded in 1997. Was that the year the array was built across the sea floor or was that just a particularly terrifying period for marine science?
Keep up the good work!
Hehe, I can't say for sure, but I assume there was some change in aggregation or recording around that time.
A glacier calving is still the most awesome sound I have ever experienced. The sound comes from everywhere.
Another quality video! Love your work :)
Anyone else really enjoying the background track Joe has during these vids? Just a really good vibing tune 😎
Found it distracting... it worked to make me rewatch, for sure.
@Patrick Grassey I'm enjoying it! I find myself bobbing along to it lol the old tune he had was still great, it kind of reminded me of the Metropolitan Zone from Sonic 2 haha
1997 seems like a good year for several hydrophonic mysteries. I wonder why that year seems like an outlier with it's number of unidentified recordings. Perhaps the bloop brought more attention to that year's recordings.
Looks like the initial deployment was may 1996. Likely they have had better success tracking and identifying sounds after due to calibration and better algorithms.
Or purposely hiding them don’t forget. 🤷🏽♂️
Legend goes that the sound is still going around the ocean to this day, being reverberated and echoed back and forth.
I know I've said this before, but some things bear repetition! Joe, you make me laugh out loud more often than just about anyone other than Dave Chappelle. I come for the knowledge, I stay for your humourous takes and delivery on this crazy world/universe. Genuine appreciation for your thoughtful insights delivered so lightly. THANK YOU! Right next to love, the world needs more laughter!
Awe, that's awesome, thanks for saying that. :)
So cool. I have heard similar bloops on deep big ice. Fun to hear all this . Thanks for sharing
Thank you joe,I’ve greatly enjoyed your videos
I’m loving the new writing method, can see how it’s changed. Massive props I love these new videos
Progression of thought is such an important concept. The new writing gets it across really brilliantly
After listening to singing ice, I'm convinced this must have been one MASSIVE ice sheet cracking.
A whale stepped on a Lego.
@Maxawe Some 😂
That bloop was the sound of a wormhole opening and closing real quick. An alien space craft was aiming for the upper atmosphere, but they fudged the coordinates and ended up warping in to the ocean.
Poor, wet aliens.
Yet another alien invasion, thwarted by delta P
they meant to go directly to the water. Why else would they come to such a wet planet?
Great video Joe, thank you so much!
Though I'll have to add, the 'seamonster' that all sprung in to our collective young brains around the internet many years ago, was the original speed of the recording. The "Bloop" (if I recall correctly) is named after the sound you played back to us. However, that's sped up by 16 times. The original audio recording, that as a result is much slower and in a lower pitch - was TERRIFYING and sparked the imagination.
Though, that could've just as easily been someone that slowed down the original for a much spookier effect, I admit. The truth is out there!
I don't mind conspiracies because they are fun sometimes, but only for mysterious stuff like this. I do love knowing the actual reason for a mystery happening though. Who knew ice could be so noisy?
People estimated that the bloop beast was supposed to be more than 250m big. Now imagine: a population of those, somehow not leaving any sign of their presence apart from that one sound that one time. And let's not start thinking about what does that even eat and all.
Also, Scott, THANK YOU. The first time I heard the "loneliest whale story" I was almost 30, and CRIED MY EYES OUT FOR HALF AN HOUR and had my mood destroyed for days. Like, I feel like crying right now just remembering it.
So, having now an explanation with a plausible happy ending for that whale feels like a huge gift.
Funny enough, I was very sympathetic with its loneliness, but now my austic lonely butt are even more empathetic with that little "odd" dude than before, and I'm just glad that one of us managed to likely find their way to someone who accepts them even if they are a bit "different".
So, thank you scott for reporting it and heal this "wound" I felt for years the little guy 😂
Hey Joe. Great video! Since you are at the ocean topics - you should make a video on the baltic sea anomaly!
This is a very entertaining and thoughtful video. Thank you! One helpful grammar tip: Use "farther" for distance, as in "Sound waves travel farther in water than they do in air." Use "further" for just about everything else. As in: "These night courses will further my criminology education." Or "The further I get into this story, the more confused I become." All good wishes.
"The Whistle" was me. I swam for the first time in the summer of 1997 which was a very cold summer. The water was cold and I howled while swimming towards shore as fast as I could. The low pitch is a result of the Doppler effect as I was moving lightning fast out of the water and away from any hydrophones. I'm not proud of it, but it's time I put an end to this 'myth'.
Hey Joe, I was wondering what an asteroid impact on the ocean would have sounded like to the hydrophones. Seems like a missed opportunity here but damned if I know whether or not we even have any recorded.
I’m not the least little bit ashamed at how excited I was to see a new vid! Love me my Joe.
Kinda makes sense if you think about the sound a golf ball makes when it bounces on a frozen lake. It's like a super pitched down version of that. So cool.
Fun fact! Julia has a chorus effect guitar pedal named after it, made by Walrus Audio! I have one and it very much captures the spirit of the Julia sound. It just a LITTLE different than other chorus effects
Oh, that's super cool.
Should be able to triangulate it based on timestamps when it was recorded at each hydrophone. As long as you know the time and location of each hydrophone. Without knowing the exact geography and speed of sound in the various media, you might only locate it to a several kilometer area, but it’s possible.
Thought the same! No idea HOW to do it, but I did think "Can't they (blah blah math math...) and pin down the source location?"
(Edit: I can't spell words well today, apparently)
Still tricky, though: lots of reflections (valleys, mountains) and changes in water temperature/density (= speed of sound) over long distances.
@Larry West Right, but you should still be able to localize it significantly, to an area probably less than 10km radius, perhaps much closer.
Anybody else notice how most of these sounds happened in the 90’s, right before human technology REALLY took off, and we haven’t really heard much like it since then?
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You've given me my second favourite word for the week: cryoseism (first being 'polychronicon'). Calling all narrative writers... ✍Thanks also for creating a beautiful new channel for us to enjoy--moving onto your Victorian cures video now.
I love ocean videos, some of my favorite behind weird historic videos
Life has been a bit rough for awhile now and having your weekly 15 minutes of chatting helps a ton. Seeing a new vid in my subscriptions today brought me so much comfort.
Hang in there. I promise Life is so worth it.
Sorry you've had a rough time. Happens to all of us. And I'm glad my banter has helped - I hope you find a lot more things to give you joy.
Thanks for the awesome content and great videos!!!
Thank God you posted, I was stuck watching old Joe Scott videos
More stuff on the way. 😉
@Joe Scott till then I'll keep watching old videos 😂
@Joe Scott there is a massive Clip-Share audience for quality and thought provoking content on paleoanthrropology I would love to see you make some videos on the subject and see what your ideas about the new studies
IDK, do you have statistics on how large the audience is? Because, it sounds like wishful thinking to me. Can you list some recent discoveries?
@Cuvtixo the recent homo naledi papers may have completely upended decades of established thought on the subject... and essentially all of our models are pure conjecture so it's a ripe field for intrigue
I think the cephalopod script has been heralded like 6 times since that video came out and it never ceases to be funny
My ravourite documentaries have always been about the ocean.its amazing. I can't even swim but look at the beauty of the unknown .I love this channel and I only found it today 20 March 2023 and I am getting addicted to it. ❤
Cool story about the thumbnail, I actually met the artist that drew that picture when I was 12-13. We were in Anaheim CA for a goth culture event. I still have his business card in one of my old wallets, it has the same picture on it. Had I known he was a famous online artist I would’ve asked for an autograph 😂
Ok the children's book being written by Richard Moby and William Free is way more effort than was needed and I'm totally here for it.
Hey Joe, I was just wondering has google sent anything through the Wormhole they created yet? What is on the other side? Has Google made any attempts to map whats on the other side yet?
Thanks for an another interesting video Joe! So , one whale out there is a soprano. Nice to know. Also, if we ever go to Europa with a lander that will dig deeper than 10 cm , I hope they include a hydrophone.
And of course someone has already thought of that : lookup "Design of a hydrophone for an Ocean World lander".
A large number of permanent hydrophone arrays were installed by various nations during the cold war. There's likely always someone listening to loud noises.
Thank you for mentioning Cthulhu. As a lifelong fan of Lovecraft, Cthulhu has always been my tongue-in-cheek explanation for anything weird. Phnglui w'gah nagl fhtagn.
The Fungi from Yuggoth are my usual joke involving Pluto. Talk about the edge of the universe also reminds me of Yog-Sothoth.
I certainly can't deny its bloopiness... and yeah, imagination is tons of fun! :)
Henson razors are proper tools. Can't say that for cartridge blades in my experience.
Ocean sounds are beyond terrifying 😳
The whole ocean is terrifying! 😢
Nexpo did a great video about fear of the depths.
Is it just me or have all these sounds been used in movies? They have a nostalgic vibe… like I know I’ve heard them but idk from where.
2:30 that story is worth telling.
The team put out buoys with a motion activated camera and bait, one of the buoys disappeared. It was pulled under water, for 2 hours. Before it resurfaced the only evidence is a single photo and a tentacle.
it's quite scary that we have like 90% of living stuff undiscovered
Your segways from the program to the advertising is always a treat. I usually laugh my ass off! You're a hoot, Joe!
Love this video and the names of the sounds are FANTASTIC. I also love when two things I love cross paths (there is a BTS song called 52 Whalien - which is where I first learned about the 52 hertz whale) and seeing it here made it even cooler. Love your channel, as always, and yes... the oceans are terrifying.
I'm glad we know what the bloop is. I await the blarp.
Where I live in Canada, we usually get at the very least one or two good ice quakes every winter, and they always friggin happen right in the middle of the night when it’s typically at it’s coldest, at if you’re a night owl like me it’s not the worst thing, but you’ll definitely get scared, and your wife, girlfriend or pets will probably jump at least 6ft into the air, but if it happens when you’re asleep - you’re going to fly the hell awake. One time I literally got so scared that it woke me up and I just farted louder than ever, and my girlfriend at the time couldn’t stop laughing for like 3 weeks after lol.
never change. I always love your side comments, noises, and made up words.
The educational children's show Octonauts did a "Lonely Whale" episode where they encountered a whale with an unusual call. It turns out to just be genetics, the Octonauts fashioned a device that changes the whale's call to the frequency his friends understand, and he's no longer a lonely, odd whale. Well, besides the whole voice modulator thing.
The mystery of Bloop was resolved a few years ago, he even started making appearances on certain Clip-Share channel. We haven't seen him in a while though, he is believed to have been eaten by a shark.
Hi Joe!! 👋 Just wondering if you were able to make the documentary about the Baker Hotel. Would love to hear about it. Love your videos!! Thank you!!
It’s interesting that I have seen bird spectrograms with patterns very similar to some of these underwater sounds.
Everything's connected, man. Everything's connected...
So.... Undersea dinosaurs?
@Larry West Wellllll…technically, by scientific definition, the term “dinosaur” only applies to land reptiles during the Mesozoic Era. 🤓
When I learned submarine sonar could basically liquify your brain, I literally couldn't believe it, but it makes sense as I've learned more. Shits CRAZY.
I can vouch for Henson blades, they are good for sensitive skin. It’s not nearly as close of a shave as my Merker, but I never cut myself. If I’m in a hurry and I’m trying to shave outside of my schedule of shaving safely, this is my go to razor.
I'm really happy you mentioned the cthulu angle it's one of my favorite weird coincidences.😂
I caught a giant squid in the valley of 'The Hump' south of Marathon, Florida, in November of 1994. I was fishing at a depth of around 1,200', and was using an entire medium-sized bonito as bait. It pulled our 50's fisherman backwards at around 10 knots - with ease. It also had a horrible look in its eye - like, it was furious! We cut the line, but every time the captain grabbed the line the squid would start fighting again (we wanted to cut the line as close to the animal as possible, so it wouldn't have 30' of line hanging from it's beak). To me the beastie seemed to be very, very intelligent, and a fighter. The captain told me that when he was a commercial swordfish fisherman that at night the swordfish would come to the surface from the depths below in that area, and they'd hunt the giant squid - but he said you'd also see the giant squid grab the swordfish with their huge arms (each sucker is ringed by sharp teeth!), and pull them under!
Great video, but the Ad for Henson shaving made me try out the razor and it’s INSANELY AMAZING. So nicely made and such a great deal.
Joe is always interesting.
I am so happy you included 52 Blue. It's my favorite ocean mystery.
The “lonely whale” sounds like a calf that got depressed from its mother and was taken in by a pod of blue whales.
It learned to communicate with its adoptive family and now has a unique vocalization pattern.
To me, that it keeps vocalizing implies it is being heard. There could be a range of explanation for its patterns, and we need way more observation to understand why it may be doing something different.
Maybe it is a hybrid and we can’t really tell because of morphological differences among individual species.
Maybe it has a deformity of some kind.
Or maybe the idea I mentioned above, that a whale of one species, through choice or necessity, developed a way of communicating with closely related species.
Or some other thing.
Nothing has ever implied, to me at least, that it is this lonely whale who yells into an abyss but gets no response.
I named my media company after 52 Blue. The concept of being able to understand everything being said to you without being understood is crazy to me.
Dont be let down, its the discoveries we never see coming when we are looking for something else... that amazes me.
I've heard the sound of the frozen ground moving underground. It is a muffled sound but distinct.
Good to see you back, Joe. Mondays have been a bit odd recently...
Lots of big stuff coming in April. ;)
Ha! I recognized the sound! It's pretty much the same sound that can be heard on lakes during winter when the temperature is dropping. The ice is singing.
Ugh always makes me uneasy haha, I surf fairly often and have gotten comfortable with the tiny tiny section of ocean I swim around in and my kids but god damn the ocean is creepy
I was gonna ask why they were only considering bio sources, and not geo causes, i was thinking of some tectonic plates and lava coming out or smtg, glad to hear they figured it out logically
So, what I`m learning from this video is that alot of wierd unexplained sh*t went down in the pacific, in '97...
Also, as someone who`s beaten the game subnautica twice, as well as it`s sequel, these noises are getting to me in ways I could never have anticipated
It seems interesting that so many of the weird sounds were from 1997. Anyone know of an explanation for so many of the occurrences he mentioned being from 1997??
The RadioLab episode "Red Herring" (FEB 19, 2021) has a really interesting underwater sound story involving an odd sound heard off the coast of Sweden during the cold war. It's both very educational and pretty funny. Worth giving it a listen if you get a chance.
Another Whiskey on the rocks? 🙂
It was fish fucking lol
It referenced a Ted talk, whose title is a spoiler so I won't mention it, but it was a classic Cold War submarine story.
Exactly when and where was this sound recorded? In June of '97 I went surfing near La Jolla, CA after consuming a breakfast burrito from a food truck. There was an incident. I think there's a real chance that the two events are related.
HA!!! That is at least TWICE Jason got you with that same bit!!!
Also WELCOME BACK!!! Are the weekly uploads coming back soon??? Please you're easily the best part of my Mondays.
Great video Joe! Been with you since you were a wee channel, well done, Sir!
Thanks for posting, love and respect ❤❤