Doug Brown has been an acoustic specialist in the Canadian military for 33 years. Normally, his gig involves sailing aboard navy frigates, but recently the brass sent him on a more unusual mission.
For nine days in late January, Brown visited the small northern hamlet of Igloolik in Nunavut. His assignment was to meet with the predominantly Inuit locals and gather first-hand reports of a mysterious "ping," allegedly emanating from the seafloor, which some believe may be to blame for a lack of wildlife in the area previously noticed by hunters. The ping was first reported by a sailboat that had recorded a sound with its onboard sonar.
The army initially planned to send two specialists, but the other couldn't make it due to conflicting duties, meaning Brown had to go alone. He'd never been to the Arctic before.