I'm anchored near an inlet in North Carolina
I am hearing a sound I've never heard in my life. It's like the sound barnacles
make when they are building homes on your hull
, multiplied by a loudness factor of at least 50.
It's loud... damn loud... it sound like a cross beween a floor very slowly creaking (or wood
very slowly creaking) and some little tiny guys jackhammering my hull
Now... the really strange part is, unlike barnacle growth (that crackling sound they make), this sound is JUST AS LOUD outside the boat
. I can hear it when I stick my head
over the side of the hull (and bow and stern) just as loudly as it is inside the boat
. It's coming from the water
all around me, which is not showing any signs on the surface of whatever is going on below.
What on Earth makes this kind of sound?
is too murky to see what it is. I shined a light, but I can't see through the water.
is almost so loud I can't sleep.
And!!.... every once in a while there is a kind of loud thud!
I put my props in gear
to see if something was caught on them and spinning. No change. I checked to see that I wasn't sliding over my anchor
chain - no tension... very calm night.
The sounds stared just about sunset and are very loud.
getting it on and making clicking sounds?
It is most certainly some kind of life, but I am not sure what. Any ideas?