Go Back Report # 917


       Another case of radar triggering occurred 15 months later, 10 miles west of Mt. Delby, off the Malabar Coast. The ship's radar was operating that night of Feb. 9, 1953, when Capt. M. J. Paice of the S.S. Strathmore recorded the same ricocheting action of the light sweeps:        

       "Between 0130 and 0200 white patches of light were observed on the sea surface. Milky white patches were first noticed on the starboard beam about two cables away and appeared to 'flash' about once every second. Later they moved closer to the ship, being as bright as a phosphorus patch, although there was no indication of phorphorescence (sic - phosphorescence) in the water even when the ship's wake broke into patches. The patches had made different movements, each one continuing for a minute or so— rotary, clockwise and anti-clockwise— toward the ship in waves and away from it in waves parallel to the ship's course.

       “During the entire time of observation, the period of reaching maximum brilliance and fading was about one second, giving a regular flashing appearance. At 0152 the waves reached their maximum brilliance, appearing to travel from the starboard quarter to the port bow. On switching off the radar, the phenomenon ceased abruptly close to the ship, but it was still faintly discernible on the port beam about two cables away. At 0157 the radar was switched on again, the phenomenon reappeared close to the ship but only faintly, and then disappeared altogether. Nothing was observed on the radar screen during this time that was out of the ordinary."

       Evidently the light-wheels respond to a ship's radar transmitter which can turn them on or off. But is it the nature or the specific frequency of the radar beam that activates the light beams? And, to take the theory one step further, is the radar energy activating the Notciluca (sic -Noctiluca) organisms in a time-phasing manner so as to form the visible beams? Because ships carry navigation radar, we can no longer assume that they encounter the light-wheels accidentally, not when their passage, with radar operating, can trigger the appearance of the phenomenon in this area.                                                                                                       

This reference: “Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977,” compiled by the editors of SAGA Magazine & UFO Report. “Strange Underwater Wheels of Light” by Lucius Farish & Dale M. Titler, p. 68, © 1977.

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

Southern Asia - India

Malabar Coast – Name long applied to the southern part of India’s western coast, approximately from Goa southward. (Ref. – The New Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 7, p. 720)

Goa – Latitude 15-35 N, Longitude 74-00 E (D-M)

This reference: Gazetteer – India Vol. 1, Division of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., April 1952. 

Unable to locate Mt. Delby. – CF-        


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