A series of “mysterious holes” at the bottom of the ocean have intrigued scientists

A series of “mysterious holes” at the bottom of the ocean have intrigued scientists

Teams from the American Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) found linear clusters of mysterious holes at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean during an expedition this July.

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The drill holes were found at depths ranging from 1.4 to 1.5 thousand meters. They show a linear pattern and the researchers could not see how they would have been made.

2 of 3 A different perspective on mysterious holes found by the NOAA team. — Photo: NOAA/Disclosure

Another perspective of the mysterious holes found by the NOAA team. — Photo: NOAA/Disclosure

Operators of the unmanned scientific submarine that located the holes this month collected samples of nearby sediment. According to NOAA, an initial analysis of the material gave no clue as to what formed the cavities. A water sample was taken from one of the observation points for further environmental DNA analysis.

This isn’t the first time holes have been found on the seabed. In July 2004, a team from the same agency located the voids while exploring the bottom of the Atlantic at a depth of just over 2,000 meters.

After the find, scientists Michael Vecchione and Odd Aksel Bergstad wrote a paper suggesting that the holes are indeed unusual and hypothesized their origin.

The couple used the term “Lebensspuren”, which could be translated as “Lebensspuren”, to indicate that the cavities could have come from excavations carried out by animals. With the equipment available on the unmanned vehicle, the scientists could not analyze the interior of the perforations on the bottom of the Atlantic, nor could they verify that they were interconnected.

3 of 3 Another perspective of the mysterious holes found by the NOAA team. — Photo: NOAA/Disclosure

Another perspective of the mysterious holes found by the NOAA team. — Photo: NOAA/Disclosure