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:
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.
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-