Strange sightings

Question of the Day for November 7, 2010

Describe some strange thing that has happened to you near water?

The idea of it being any sort of alien technology seems highly improbable to me.

Any technological entity capable of safely transiting interstellar space is highly unlikely to have any problems dealing with the atmosphere of a relatively small planet like earth. The idea of aliens “crashing” here simply doesn’t make much sense to me.

If aliens want to be seen, we will see them.

It they don’t want to be seen, we are highly unlikely to have any indication of their presence.

So the idea of us seeing them accidentally simply doesn’t make much sense to me.

It seems much more likely that there is a natural explanation for all of the UFO events.

The two high profiles ones that I have investigated here in NZ seem to be related to particular individuals playing extended practical jokes, and the jokes have escalated and gotten away to the point that they were no longer prepared to “own up”.

In the case of the “Ngatea” incident, it seemed to come down to a particular pharmacist.

In the case of the “Kaikoura” incident, it seems to be a couple of helicopter pilots having some fun with some radar operators in Wellington and some Argosy pilots. One pilot in question was a well known practical joker.

I have also seen many weird things at sea, and I have found natural explanations for all of them.

I have seen many meteors, some on very strange trajectories.

Standing on a beach, the horizon is only 2.5 miles away.

There is no chance of anything biggish hitting the water that close and not hearing it.

It seems very likely that what you saw was a meteor, and that it did not hit the ocean, but passed below the horizon and skipped out of the atmosphere and back into space (have seen two do that myself).

Having had attention drawn to the horizon, you then noticed the phosphorescence (probably from the choco, but could be many causes for that – have seen thousands of examples of phosphorescence myself).

So – for me, I don’t know, I wasn’t there, and I lean strongly toward the explanation above.

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Hi Gil

I thought you said that you didn’t hear anything?

If something hit the ocean just a mile away, you would hear it – very loudly.

If you are standing at sea level, then the horizon is only about 2.7 miles away.

Sound carries very well over water, and unless there was a gale blowing, you should have heard a bang that would have made your ears ring.

I know, that the first time I saw a meteor do a big arc, I would have sworn it must have hit the water just over the horizon. But when I followed up with local observatories, it turned out the the meteor never got lower than 40 miles up. It just dipped into the upper atmosphere then skipped out again.

I was certain it must have hit just out of sight.

About 12 years ago there was a big meteor that was seen by thousands in NZ, that came right down to just a thousand feet or so above the ground, trailing a massive sonic boom, before exiting back into space again. It left a lot of smoke, but was still probably doing about 30,000 miles an hour when it left. Scared a lot of people.

I didn’t see what you saw, I have only seen what I have seen. And I was shocked by how poorly I estimated distance in that instance (being very good at it normally) – the speed was just so great, it distorted my brains model into interpreting it as being slower and closer – by a huge margin.

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