What was the Bloop? Explanations for the sound recorded in the Pacific Ocean.
The Bloop: The Mystery of a Piercing Sound From Deep in the Pacific  
The state of the universe.
July 23 2014 1:41 PM

What Is the Bloop?

A sound recorded deep in the Pacific has been a lively mystery for years—even if it’s probably been solved.


In 1997, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded a mysterious sound deep in the Pacific Ocean. The sound was nicknamed the Bloop, and its origins have been a matter of informed and not-so-informed debate in the years since.

  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Oct. 12 2015 4:13 PM The “Turn Up Your Drawl” Bonus Segment Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz debate the influence of regionalized accents in the political arena.