The mysterious sky noises continue…
Julie Schickling stood out on her porch in West Seattle just after midnight because she couldn’t explain what she was hearing. So she recorded the sound (listen here on West Seattle Blog).
“It gets high and lower, and goes away, then comes back,” said Schickling.
Some of her neighbors report being shaken out of bed by the low rumble, also described as a growl. In fact, as many people you talk with is about how many different words you heard to describe it.
Tip: Fortean Times
Typically, these events are a result of local industrial noises but that has been denied in this case (it usually IS denied). The city is looking into pinpointing the noise.
The sound can be heard here. It is curious and not completely unlike those sky noises heard earlier this year all over the world. Some of them were hoaxed. There is not enough information here to say this is a hoax (it really appears to be genuine) or what the source might be but we are surrounded by industrial and natural noises and situations that can generate odd sounds. This article did not suggest it was apocalyptic as many reports hyped early on, but I can understand that this form of pollution can be disconcerting.
See more on sky noises.
UPDATE: (7-Sept-2012) Here is an interesting idea… is it fish?
A number of tips led us to the University of Washington’s Marine Biology program. Yes, the Midshipman fish, an ugly creature with an odd mating call, could indeed be the sound.
Nearby buildings or the hulls of ships could be acting as giant sub-woofers carrying the low frequency sound for miles.