Scientists Are Baffled by Strange Arctic ‘Pinging,’ So the Internet Came Up With a Theory: Cthulhu
Science| | By Mauricio Castillo
Now, we all know this election season has been, shall we say, less than desirable, but is it really that bad to be able to wake an ancient, mythological creature powerful enough to wipe out the planet? C’mon. It will never be that serious!
And yet, after reports of a strange humming or “pinging” noise from the Arctic seafloor have emerged, people on Twitter have been wondering if the rise of Cthulu might come sooner than later. Perhaps he has risen as a write-in candidate. Or maybe this was all part of the plan to bring real change.
— Chaosium (@Chaosium_Inc) November 5, 2016
The noises have been coming from the Fury and Hecla Strait, located in the Qikiqtaaluk Region about 75 miles from the Inuit community of Igloolik, which is in a remote part of northern Canada. Ever since it started, wildlife in the sea has fled the area, said lawmaker Paul Quassa to the Nunavut Legislative Assembly last month. “Our constituents as well as hunters and boaters have reported that the area in question is almost devoid of sea mammals and that hunting has been poor in the area for quite some time.”
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. https://t.co/d2JyjuLJu2
— Jay Barbarich (@MyAcademy) November 5, 2016
A full-scale investigation has been launched which included a 90-minute survey of the seabed by the military, but no strange noise was encountered. The locals, on the other hand, say different. Many have called into radio stations to report the noise, and some have even blamed Greenpeace as the cause of it in an attempt to thwart animal hunting in the area.
“Not only would we not do anything to harm marine life, but we very much respect the right of Inuit to hunt and would definitely not want to impact that in any way,” Greenpeace spokesperson Farrah Khan said.
Of course, only Twitter has been able to theorize the real threat: Cthulu, awakening just in time to save the world (by destroying it) from the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election.
Something wakes in the arctic ocean, pinging for attention. I call Cthulhu & our inevitable doom.
— Stefan Andrew (@WezzyStef907) November 6, 2016
Cthulhu rising would just about top off 2016 https://t.co/oPH4Z7qkCs
— Dr Edward Packard (@paxcyclist) November 5, 2016
I for one welcome Cthulhu, our new overlord. https://t.co/VZCBTgcbBr
— Dhruva Jaishankar (@d_jaishankar) November 5, 2016
The smart ones flee. https://t.co/ZuQXBZXOoy
— Cthulhu for America (@cthulhu4america) November 4, 2016
All hail Cthlulu, I guess.