299 words • 1~2 min read

We know what the Bloop is and it’s not mermaids

Are we really doing this again? Already?

Yes, Animal Planet apparently just re-aired the pair of fake mermaid documentaries. Judging by the search terms coming in, people still have the same questions: “Is Mermaids: the New Evidence Fake?” – YES; “Is Paul Robertson a real marine biologist – NO; and finally, a question that is actually interesting, “What is the Bloop?”

This is the Bloop. Courtesy NOAA.

One of the annoying “facts” that is constantly repeated in this documentary is that the Bloop, an ultra low pitched sound recorded in 1997, is massive, weird, and completely unknown. The sound you hear in the fake documentary is sped up 16 times faster than the actual recording. The real sound is much longer and much lower. Unfortunately for the producers of Mermaids: The Body Found and Mermaids: The New Evidence, we actually do know what the Bloop is and it is not a mermaid.

The Bloop is an icequake. 

Icequakes are caused by massive chunks of glacier or ice shelf calving off into the ocean.

Icequakes are awesome.


Deep-sea biologist, population/conservation geneticist, backyard farm advocate. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.


Connect with SFS


  • Recent Popular Articles

    Cascading planetary-wide ecosystem effects of the extirpation of apex predatory Krayt dragons on Tatooine
    Busting Ocean Myths: This anglerfish is not as kink as you think.
    Charm City's Water Wheel: The first truly feasible ocean cleaning array is already afloat
    The Trouble with Teacup Pigs
    About those lionfish
    Busting Ocean Myths: How many containers are really lost at sea?
    Mermaids: The New Evidence is a Fake Documentary
    10 reasons why marine mammals aren't as cute as you think they are