From CNET by Amanda Kooser
Sea monster? Aliens? Humans? Give it your best guess.
Talk about the mysteries of the deep.
Okeanos Explorer is investigating the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a largely unexplored area of seafloor that's home to a massive underwater mountain range.
"On Saturday's Okeanos dive, we saw several sublinear sets of holes in the seafloor.
On Saturday's #Okeanos dive, we saw several sublinear sets of holes in the seafloor. The origin of the holes has scientists stumped. The holes look human made, but the little piles of sediment around them suggest they were excavated by...something.— NOAA Ocean Exploration (@oceanexplorer) July 25, 2022
What's YOUR hypothesis? pic.twitter.com/iGezxV9TK8
NOAA said similar holes had been reported in the region before.
Here's a closer look at some of the indentations, which seem to be almost rectangular.
There were some more fanciful responses, like "a really big graham cracker" and "ants." One person joked it might be aliens.
The intrigue is reminiscent of when a different exploration vessel spotted a "yellow brick road" formation on the seafloor of the Pacific earlier this year.
The Atlantic holes will remain an enigma for now, but maybe it's time for an underwater X-Files division.