First Audio Recordings From The Bottom Of The Mariana Trench Are Incredibly Chilling

Modern day exploration into the deepest corners of our beautiful earth has the internet in a frenzy.

The deepest known point in the Earth’s seabed is known as the Challenger Deep. It’s depth of 35,755 to 35,814 ft. in the southern end of the Mariana Trench was once shrouded in complete mystery until now.

When we think of it, we probably imagine it as this cold, quiet and dark place cloaked in mystery however that wasn’t the case at all.

It turned out to be quite noisy. The incredible effort to capture the audio recordings was led by oceanographer Bob Dziak.


The propeller from a ship passing above makes quite a ruckus at Challenger Deep

“Light does not propagate underwater very far,” oceanographer Bob Dziak of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) told Gizmodo. “But sound waves travel long distances through the Earth’s oceans. Acoustics is really the best way to get a good picture of deep ocean environments.”

A baleen whale call recorded at Challenger Deep

Examples of odontocete (toothed whale or dolphin) and baleen whale calls

A magnitude 5 earthquake rumbles near Challenger Deep on July 16th

A baleen whale vocalizing just before and after the magnitude 5 quake

Pretty crazy sounding huh?! If you like these, make sure to check out these creepy sounds from space! Don’t forget to share and make sure to drop us a comment below. (h/t Gizmodo)

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