??-??-1947 ***Thor Heyerdahl*** (Kon-Tiki)
(Between April 28 and August 7)
Several times, when the sea was
calm, the black water round the raft was suddenly full of round heads two or
three feet in diameter, lying motionless and staring at us with great glowing
eyes. On other nights balls of light three feet and more in diameter would be
visible down in the water, flashing at irregular intervals like electric
lights turned on for a moment.
We gradually grew accustomed to having
these subterranean or submarine creatures under the floor, but nevertheless
we were just as surprised every time a new species appeared. About two
o'clock on a cloudy night, when the man at the helm had difficulty in
distinguishing black water from black sky, he caught sight of a faint
illumination down in the water which slowly took the shape of a large animal.
It was impossible to say whether it was plankton shining on its body or
whether the animal itself had a phosphorescent surface, but the glimmer down
in the black water gave the ghostly creature obscure, wavering outlines.
Sometimes it was roundish, sometimes oval, or triangular, and suddenly it
split into two parts which swam to and fro under the raft independently of
each other. Finally there were three of these large shining phantoms
wandering round in slow circles under us.
They were real monsters, for the
visible parts alone were some five fathoms long, and we all quickly collected
on deck and followed the ghost dance. It went on for hour after hour, following
the course of the raft. Mysterious and noiseless, our shining companions kept
a good way beneath the surface, mostly on the starboard side where the light
was, but often they were right under the raft or appeared on the port side.
The glimmer of light on their backs revealed that the beasts were bigger than
elephants, but they were not whales, for they never came up to breathe. Were
they giant ray fish which changed shape when they turned over on their sides?
They took no notice at all if we held the light right down on the surface to
lure them up so that we might see what kind of creatures they were. And, like
all proper goblins and ghosts, they had sunk into the depths when the dawn
began to break.
We never got a proper explanation of
this nocturnal visit from the three shining monsters, unless the solution was
afforded by another visit we received a day and a half later in the full
midday sunshine. It was May 24, and we were lying drifting on a
leisurely swell in exactly 95°west by 7° south. [p. 90-91]
We saw the shine of phosphorescent eyes drifting on the
surface on dark nights, and
on one single occasion, we saw the sea boil and bubble while something like a
big wheel came up and rotated in the air, while some of our dolphins tried to
escape by hurling themselves desperately through space. [p. 118]
On several occasions we glided past a large dark mass,
the size of the floor of a room, that lay motionless under the surface of the
water like a hidden reef. It was presumably the giant ray of evil repute, but
it never moved, and we never went close enough to make out its shape clearly.
This reference: Kon-Tiki
by Thor Heyerdahl, pp. 90-91, 118 & 120, © 1950
UFOCAT PRN 11507
UFOCAT URN NONE
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl, pp. 90-91, 118 & 120, © 1950.
UFOCAT URN NONE
Flying Saucer Review, Vol. 10, No. 6, p. 10, November/December 1964
UFOCAT URN 87686 Piece for a Jig-Saw by Leonard Cramp,
p. 128, © 1966
UFOCAT URN 11507 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #2745
by L. Schoenherr, no © date
Only location given in the text is for May 24, 1947.
Latitude 7-00 S, Longitude 95-00 W