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Strange West Seattle noise not from fishSeptember 12, 2012 @ 3:26 am
The mystery remains in West Seattle, with UW experts doubting the cause of a bizarre hum.
A resident recorded the noise after midnight weeks ago and told the West Seattle Blog about the industrial-sounding hum.
Scientists at the University of Washington's Marine Biology program believed a creature none of us had heard of must be causing it.
The Midshipman fish has an odd mating call and nearby buildings or ships could be acting as a giant sub-woofer carrying the low frequency sound for miles.
UW researcher Joseph Sisneros, an expert on acoustic communication in fishes as his bio explains, updated Tracy Record and her West Seattle Blog team on his conclusion after placing an underwater microphone in several locations off West Seattle.
He says they found "no evidence or data that the Midshipman is present in West Seattle."
"After hearing about the strange reports of the hum in West Seattle, we were intrigued that perhaps the midshipman might be heard near shore if the calls were possibly transmitted via tanker or boat hulls. There was a famous story from Sausalito, CA in the 1980s when the mating calls of midshipman were heard to resonate through the houseboat hulls and drove the resident community crazy. There were all kinds of theories back then what the strange hum could be. Later the local fish biologist determined it was the midshipmanâ€™s mating call that was the source of the hum.
With that said, it would be impossible for the resonating hum to be transmitted very far inland into West Seattle, especially to places in the center of West Seattle where some of the 'hums' have been reported on the West Seattle Blog! My guess is the sounds that are being heard are man-made."
Poor little Midshipman fish. Not only do people consider him "ugly," they also blamed it for an odd humming sound originating somewhere in West Seattle. It wasn't his fault, researchers now say.
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