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Scientists ask for public's help after discovering mysterious holes on Atlantic seafloor

Baku, July 28, AZERTAC

Scientists have discovered a series of mysterious holes on the Atlantic Ocean floor and asked internet users to offer their theories as to how these holes were formed, according to Indian NDTV.

Taking to Facebook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted photos of the underwater formation. They informed that “perfectly aligned” holes were discovered on Saturday but have been previously reported from the region. They found the unique indentations as part of the “Voyage to the Ridge 2022” - the three telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expeditions on the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer.

“On Saturday's #Okeanos dive, we observed several of these sublinear sets of holes in the sediment. These holes have been previously reported from the region, but their origin remains a mystery,” the NOAA said on social media.

“While they look almost human-made, the little piles of sediment around the holes make them seem like they were excavated by...something,” it added and further asked Facebookers for their “hypotheses”.

In a press release, the NOAA said that the researchers are not able to definitely determine the source of the holes or how they were constructed. But they have hypothesized that the holes may indicate excavation by an organism living in the sediment or digging and removal, perhaps via a feeding appendage of large animals on the sediment surface.

“The ultimate origin of the holes still remains a mystery,” the federal organisation concluded saying.

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