Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cthulhu and Point Nemo

The Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility or Point Nemo is a spot in the Pacific Ocean over 1670 miles from the closest inhabited land mass. 

Point Nemo, Latin for "no man" and named for Captain Nemo in Twenty Thousand League Under the Sea, is closest to humans when the International Space Station passes 250 miles overhead. The area is also known as the South Pacific Ocean Uninhabited Area, and space agencies use the location to jettison decommissioned spacecraft.


or maybe not so coincidently,
the location is close to R'lyeh and Bloop. 

H. P. Lovecraft, in his short story The Call of Cthulhu, identifies the coordinates of a sunken, "corpse-city" called R'lyeh.

Cthulhu, "a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind," is imprisoned in R'lyeh, waiting for release and ready for destruction on an apocalyptic scale.

In 1997, a series of extremely loud and ultra-low frequency sounds were recorded by several underwater listening stations, some over 3,000 miles away. Named the Bloop, one hypothesis of origin was an unknown, immense, deep-water animal . . . 

or possibly just the noise of an underwater "icequake" . . .

caused by an unknown, immense, deep-water animal.  

So, coincidence or something more sinister . . . 

and where is Alex Jones when you need him?


Other stories of ocean navigation:
Freelance Piracy


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