An Unknown Case of Ocean Floor Openings are Discovered
By: Kathy Wu
Deep in the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, curious explorers are searching the waters for new detection. Yet they don’t that they are about to find their biggest discovery yet - -holes on the ocean floor- -right below their heavenly eyes, ready to swallow them up.
Scientists found on July 23 that those holes were at a depth of 1.6 miles below the surface. Hungry for more, they tried to search for more locations of these holes. Their desire came true a week later on Thursday. About 300 miles away from the initial discovery were four more sightings on the Azores Plateau, each a mile deep. Scientists considered them to be “life traces,” impressions in sea floor residues that are most likely caused by living organisms.
Despite the discoveries, the real question was simply: What exactly is the creating of those marks? This question gave scientists a hard time to answer. “The origin of the holes has scientists stumped,” wrote the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Exploration (NOAAOE) project in a Twitter post. “The holes look human made, but the little piles of sediment around them suggest they were excavated by … something...” Leaving everyone in confusion.
Experts are now seeking for more answers by planning three expeditions that they call the “Voyage to the Ridge 2022,” that will begin in May and end in September. Their expedition will take place from Newport, Rhode Island to the Azores Island and back to the Caribbean Sea in Puerto Rico. Most of their research is on deep-sea coral and sponge sections, which they describe are “some of the most valuable marine ecosystems on Earth are paying close attention to deep-sea coral and sponge communities.”
Everyone, including everyday people, are very curious about this unique discovery. Are the holes man-made? Could they be a sign from extraterrestrials? Are they tracks left by a submarine? And most importantly, could they be the breathing holes of a “deep-sea creature that buries itself under the sand”? Scientists suggest conserve water, reuse waste, and use less energy to help the underwater ecosystem, as land sustainability is just as important.
“There is something important going on there and we don’t know what it is,” Dr. Vecchione said. “This highlights the fact that there are still mysteries out there.”