(ORDO NEWS) — Confused scientists decided to consult the Internet community to find out what or who, in their opinion, created a series of mysterious holes in the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. This is reported by the Daily Star.
The strange footprints were discovered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) research ship Okeanos, which has conducted three ocean exploration expeditions.
NOAA is currently mapping around the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the Azores Plateau in the North Atlantic Ocean in an attempt to unravel the mystery.
However, they also took to the Internet community to ask what or who they think might have made these strange indentations.
“During Saturday’s Okeanos dive, 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.”
“While they appear to be man-made, the small heaps of sediment around the holes give the impression that they were dug out by… something. What hypotheses do you have?
Answers ranged from aliens to unknown species.
One user suggested: “A previously unknown type of crab that hides in rectangular holes and hunts in linear flocks, waiting for prey to fall into their paws.”
“I’m not saying they are aliens, but they are aliens,” said another.
A third wrote: “Aliens traveled billions of light years to drill a line of holes in the ocean floor.”
Others have put forward somewhat more realistic hypotheses: organic disruption or seismic pressure along tectonic plates could have caused the bubble holes.
Another wrote: “It seems to me that sedimentary rocks are sinking or water is flowing from a crack in a geological shelf or cave roof.”
“I suspect that either the ancient coral or some sedimentary rock structure underneath it has a void for which the material is being washed away further.
I would start looking to see if there are any caves or deformations on the seabed.”
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