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Water Wheels and Other Luminous Marine Phenomena

For examples and sketches see the Science and Water UFOs section under:

MARINE LIGHT WHEELS (PHOSPHORESCENCE)

A Bibliography of this topic can be found at the end of this section.

       Water Wheels are in my opinion, one step above the bottom of the UFO barrel, which is the Totally Submerged page in this site. While lights have been seen to exit or enter water, I have not found an instance where a water wheel did the same.

       Yet, in Ufology several examples of this have been put into the books on UFOs and therefore continue to add the fascination of a “perhaps” factor. Being circular, they of course fit our idea of a saucer shape. Their speed in rotation and forward motion makes us ask, what natural fish or group of fishes/mammals could do the same? However, until one comes out of the water, and is recognized as a flying object, I feel that we have to put such reports at arms length, and wait for a more viable answer.

       In the following introduction to Water Wheels in his book “Remarkable Luminous Phenomena In Nature: A Catalog Of Geophysical Anomalies”, Mr. Corliss, has a similar problem in assigning the phenomena to a natural cause:         

“Possible Explanations. Certainly bioluminescence is the most likely source of

light, although observers frequently remark that the ship's wake is not luminous

during wheel-type displays. The aerial wheels of luminous mist, if not illusory,

would require air-borne organisms in cases where no wheel is visible in the water

proper. Earthquake tremors may stimulate bioluminescence, with the interference

patterns created by multiple sources accounting for the complex display

geometries. The persistence of intricate geometries over many minutes seems to

militate against this theory. Again, as in GLW3, the strong similarity of some

marine phosphorescent displays to the so-called low-level auroras (GLA4) is

striking. Some wheel observers have noted this, and electromagnetic forces

should not be dismissed off hand.”        p. 346

I would like to play the Devil’s advocate here to mention that in much of our UFO literature “electromagnetic forces” are the crux of the explanations given for many of the physical properties observed in connection with the UFO. This could then – in our way of thinking – be the very reason for the stimulation of the marine creatures responsible for the phosphorescence. But I reiterate here, that no “craft” has been seen in connection with this phenomenon, either under, over or entering or exiting the water, so speculation is all we have.

Mr. Corliss’s overview of the phenomenon on pages 357-359 is quite interesting and puts the problem of these light sources clearly in the “unsolved” category. Hopefully we can share the information gleaned from ancient and current texts, to solve this riddle together.       

For an incomplete listing of sources on this phenomenon see Bibliography

 

List of Reports

LIST OF REPORTS

 

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Column contents as indicated by the following letters
A - Date of sighting (MM-DD-YEAR)
B - Status column. Single letter or symbol. "C" Controversy, "D" Validity Doubtful, "E" Date Error, "H" Proven Hoax,
     "M" Misidentification, "N" Not water-related but shown as such, "U" Unknown, "X" No UFO seen/Text not entered
C - Location of sighting
D - Source of this article.
E - The letter "O" in this column will indicate that the reference is the Original. The letter "S" will indicate that this is a

Secondary source. The letter "N" will indicate that the source is Needed.

F - Specific location of a constructed group of cases :
 
 
 
A B C D E F
04-??-1875 Veracruz, Mexico The Complete Books of Charles Fort, p. 278, 1974 S 16
05-15-1879 In the Persian Gulf The Complete Books of Charles Fort, p. 277, 1974 S 16
01-05-1880 Off the coast of Malabar (S. India, W. coast) SAGA Magazine, Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977 S 16
05-??-1880 In the Persian Gulf The Complete Books of Charles Fort, p. 270-271 S 16
10-??-1891 South China Sea The Complete Books of Charles Fort, p. 277, 1974 S 16
04-04-1901 Persian Gulf The Complete Books of Charles Fort, pp. 275-6, 1974 S 16
06-02-1906 Gulf of Oman (between Oman and Iran) The Complete Books of Charles Fort, pp. 276-7, 1974 S 16
03-14-1907 Malacca Strait, Indian-Pacific Oceans The Complete Books of Charles Fort, pp. 276-7, 1974 S 16
06-10-1909 Malacca Strait, "Bitang" Indian-Pacific Oceans SAGA Magazine, Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977 S 16
10-14-1923 Indian Ocean South of Sri Lanka SAGA Magazine, Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977 S 16
08-23-1925 Indian Ocean Southwest of Sri Lanka SAGA Magazine, Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977 S 16
08-25-1925 Arabian Sea, 150 miles south of Oman SAGA Magazine, Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977 S 16
10-31-1926 Indian Ocean southwest of Sri Lanka SAGA Magazine, Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977 S 16
06-??-1930 Gulf of Martaban , Myanmar (Burma) The Canberra Times, Wednesday 18 June 1930, page 6 O 16
11-14-1949 Passed the Strait of Hormuz towards India An Unexplained Phenomenon of the Sea - J.R. Bodler S 16
11-30-1951 Persian Gulf - Position unknown SAGA Magazine, Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977 S 16
02-09-1953 Malabar Coast off Mt. Delby, India SAGA Magazine, Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977 S 16
07-23-1954 Arabian Sea off Karachi, Pakistan SAGA Magazine, Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977 S 16
04-02-1956 Persian Gulf off Mena al Ahmadi, Kuwait SAGA Magazine, Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977 S 16
04-15-1956 North Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Verde Islands SAGA Magazine, Bermuda Triangle Special Report 1977 S 16
05-30-1962 Gulf of Siam, the S.S. Telemachus Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 99 S 16
11-01-1969 Off Tagula Island, Louisiades Contact/UK: Awareness (Quarterly) Year 1976 N 16