Go Back Report # 202

??-??-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. [p. 120]                                                                                                                                   

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

Pacific Ocean

Only location given in the text is for May 24, 1947.

Latitude 7-00 S, Longitude 95-00 W   


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