When I first saw the title of the article at Mysterious
on my feed
, I thought it might have actually been a reference to an audio recording made with a
hydrophone a couple years ago by Elizabeth von Muggenthuler
while working on a
Nat Geo production.
However, this is a brand new recording made by Dennis Hall and Katy Elizabeth of
. As with the previous recording, the series of clicks does indeed
bear a strong resemblance (at least to my untrained ear) to those made by a Beluga whale and other toothed whales which are among a very short list of
known species to use echolocation
A snippet of the recording can be heard a minute or so into the video of an interview with the two Champ researchers by local station
Dennis Hall and Katy Elizabeth. Image credit: WCAX
This would seem to lend credibility to the hypothesis of von
who claims to have seen what she described as "humpy" animals "exhibiting herding behavior" in the lake and believes them to
perhaps be descendants of a pod of Beluga that presumably became trapped in the lake thousands of years ago when the area was briefly the
at the end of the last ice age. Lake Champlain contains what is purported to be
the world's oldest fossil coral reef and more relevant to von Muggenthuler's hypothesis, in 1849 railroad workers found the bones of
" a Beluga that died 10,000 - 12,500 ya near the lake.
Could there be an extremely elusive breeding population of tooth whales living in Lake Champlain? Biologists seem highly
skeptical but if the
recordings are genuine, it sure seems that something
is pinging away in the depths of the lake.
edit on 2014-11-5 by theantediluvian
because: (no reason given)