Mysterious Marfa Lights of Texas

April 25th, 2011 by Nathaniel Coleman AKA Jonathan Whitcomb Leave a reply »

Circumstantial evidence seems to be mounting for the possibility that bioluminescent flying predators may be responsible for sightings of Mara Lights in southwest Texas.

According to the research of James Bunnell, author of the nonfiction book Hunting Marfa Lights, those truly mysterious flying lights do not appear at the same location in this remote high desert area except on consecutive nights. This fits well with the hypothesis of glowing flying creatures that are predators.

Analysis of some of the detailed data accumulated by Bunnell shows that the truly strange Marfa Lights appear more often on warmer or more moderate nights, rather than on colder nights. This supports the idea that they are a group of intelligent flying predators that hunt as a pack.

Are Marfa Lights Glowing Pterosaurs?

Now a cryptozoologist from California has explained the dancing lights of Marfa. Tales of spooks may hold a spark of truth, for recent research implies intelligence directs the lights: Bioluminescent flying predators may be hunting at night and catching a few unlucky Big Brown Bats: Eptesicus fuscus.

. . . Although Whitcomb admits that Marfa Lights may come from an unknown bioluminescent bird or bat, he says, “It is more likely than not from a creature similar to the ropen of Papua New Guinea, and my associates and I are sure about the ropen: It is a pterosaur.”

Marfa Lights, What Causes Them

“Soon after dark we saw two strange lights on a compass-bearing almost due south [from us]. These lights pulsed independently and seemed to follow a randomly timed sequence that, in most cases, went from dark to relatively dim, flared to a higher level of brightness, then dimmed and eventually went out. Sometimes both lights would be on at the same time.”

Although the author of Hunting Marfa Lights, James Bunnell, does not write about the flying-predator possibility, many of the sighting reports in his book led Jonathan Whitcomb, the author of Live Pterosaurs in America (second edition) to believe flying predators are the answer.

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