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henryv 17-12-2013 10:08

mystery depth soundings
 
While sailing in deep water between St. Martin and the BVIs the depth sounder would periodically show depths between about 38 and as little as 12 feet. It can be a little disturbing - you think whale? shipping container? The unit seems to be working normally when in depths within reading range. Any idea what causes these strange readings?

colemj 17-12-2013 10:22

Re: mystery depth soundings
 
Ours sometimes does that off soundings. I have always put it down to harmonics when specific depths cause the sounder to receive previous signals, which are interpreted as a shallower depth.

I made this all up out of thin air, but the same phenomenon occurs for us at certain times/depths. The depths are never consistent or long-term like a real depth, however.

Mark

captain465 17-12-2013 10:25

Re: mystery depth soundings
 
Thermoclines, (water temperature differentials), water depths greater than your unit is capable of, school of fish, disturbed water caused by the wake of another vessel, and about a hundred other things.

FSMike 17-12-2013 13:53

Re: mystery depth soundings
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by captain465 (Post 1416960)
Thermoclines, (water temperature differentials), water depths greater than your unit is capable of, school of fish, disturbed water caused by the wake of another vessel, and about a hundred other things.

What he said.

a64pilot 17-12-2013 14:35

Re: mystery depth soundings
 
Air bubbles will give them fits too

Khagan1227 17-12-2013 14:39

Re: mystery depth soundings
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by captain465 (Post 1416960)
Thermoclines, (water temperature differentials), water depths greater than your unit is capable of, school of fish, disturbed water caused by the wake of another vessel, and about a hundred other things.

Thermoclines would be my guess as well. Submarines use them to hide from surface ship sonar. Depth soundings are... well sonar signals that bounce off the bottom.

TeddyDiver 17-12-2013 14:55

Re: mystery depth soundings
 
Thermoclines are that shallow only in lakes and arctic regions in specific times. Schools of fish is my bet. Have seen also algea bloom/plankton to give false bottom signal..


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