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|03-08-2011 05:40 AM|
Phenomenon at sea
Originally Posted by Boasun View Post
|03-07-2011 10:34 PM|
|Parclan||It was 1982, I was aboard the Choctaw 1 - an offshore semi-submersible rig. We were about 50 miles off the coast of Angola, West Africa. While making my rounds at night, I spotted a very large looking worm, maybe 25' long, +/- 6" in diameter gently wriggling along beneath the surface - I could make out his opaque form out in the light shining down through the water. Water depth was about 500'. Maybe he came from down deep to see what all the commotion was about? Gives me the yips to this day....|
|02-26-2011 06:51 PM|
This is a great thread. Thanks for sharing all these interesting stories.
Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
A plane my father was piloting was struck by a larger one over Scotland. It came in through the cockpit/nosecone, floated right down the center aisle of the plane, and exited through the empennage, blasting a hole in it. He had to make an emergency descent and landing in Prestwick. Passengers reported that the charged ball was about 18-24" in diameter.
Ball lightning tends to have a soft white/yellow/light green glow and is often mistaken for an apparition.
|02-23-2011 03:38 AM|
Originally Posted by HVVega View Post
Raced up on deck to find a radio beacon used by the long-liners in that part of the world to mark the end of their fishing line, bouncing along the side of the boat.
I nearly wet myself.
|02-23-2011 03:24 AM|
We've seen the green flash - no mistaking it, three people saw it, looked at each other and simultaneously said "Did you see that?".
One night, 2500 nm from the nearest land I woke the crew in the middle of the night to witness the most amazing light show in the water. Lights flashing brightly in a range of different colors, impossible to guess the depth and it went on for about an hour. It was only about a year later we discovered that it was a shoal of giant squid under the boat. Apparently that's how they communicate, they change the colour and intensity of the light continuously and flash messages to each other. Spectacular to watch.
Another thing which remains unexplained was north of Madagascar, we saw a line in the water with bright water on this side and dark water on the other side. We automatically assumed it to be a mini line squall. But then we noticed fish jumping along the line, not across it. And then a few dolphin that were obviously hunting the fish. Nothing crossed the line. But the strange thing is that the line went horizon to horizon. And even more strange, it didn't seem to be moving. We held our collective breaths as we approached it and . . . nothing. No difference in the wind, no sign of current, no change in course or heading, no change in boat-speed, no change in water temperature. We just sailed across it into the "dark" water and onwards. We looked behind and it was still there, dark on our side and bright on the other side. I did extensive research into it and still have no explanation.
Finally, another weird thing to see at sea is a full-on up-welling also called an over-fall. This happens when an underwater current is pushed up to the surface by a geological feature on the seabed. The sea surface literally boils around the boat. And the effect can be miles wide. We sailed through two of these on an Indian Ocean trip in 2004. And while you're in the confused water, the boat-speed assumes the speed of the now-surface current and it takes what feels like hours to sail through it. Bad news when it's going the wrong way which it was both times we got caught by it.
|02-22-2011 01:23 PM|
This past fall we enjoyed a nice sunset in Rendevous Bay, St John, USVI. After the sun went down a small squall rolled in. When it passed a couple minutes later a moonbow lingered for about 20-30 seconds. It was just like a rainbow, except you couldn't make out any of the colors, just a perfect white ribbon hanging over the moon.
A few days before that we passed through a squall and the mist around the boat created a rainbow that started at the bow and end at the stern. Every time we tried to touch it, it would move just a little farther away, absolutely wild!
|01-30-2011 11:11 AM|
Mirages in wintertime near shore can make a hilly headand seem like the Rocky Mountains and make large ships in the distance seem like little toy boats.
On New Years day I was sailing in the St. Johns River just below Green Cove springs and the bridge going across the river appeared to dip UNDER the water!
|01-30-2011 05:20 AM|
Strange sightings at sea
Great thread thanks for starting it. OK here we go:
"A Buoy floating in the middle of the atlantic Ocean. No idea what harbor it once guarded or came from".
I was skippering one of the tall ships in the 1982 tall ship races when one morning the deck watch reports that we were arriving at the marker. Hummmm .... thinks I, were in the middle of no where here. We were well off the Florida coast about the level of Cape Kennedy. Went up on deck and sure enough there was a bright red - lit - buoy with a big number 4 on it around three stories tall about 100 meters off our port side. We watched it for a while then I marked its position to report it later. Wonder if it was the same one? I'll post a few more over the next few days.
|01-29-2011 11:30 AM|
Originally Posted by DustyM View Post
Originally Posted by DustyM View Post
California Sea Lion seems like a fancy name for something that looked like an ordinary seal but I'll take your word for it. He was incredibly tame though. He walked (is that what you call it?) up the back of the boat and was perfectly happy hanging out with the crew topsides. The best part was his expression when he'd put his ear to the deck and listen.
Of course this was the cruise that we ran out of coffee two weeks after leaving port for a 70 day plus mission so it's entirely possible that all of this was a hallucination.
|01-29-2011 10:58 AM|
GeorgeDog, you guys must have been a LONG way from the boat if the sunset caught you by surprise, considering twilight lasts about a month up there.
And I wish you'd have taken some pictures of that California Sea Lion you describe at 90*N.
//Spent 5 years on the ice studying seals
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