Posts Tagged ‘bioluminescent’

Bioluminescent Pterosaur and Humboldt Squid

August 22nd, 2013

The living-pterosaur expert Jonathan Whitcomb has compared the bioluminescence of a large squid to the mysterious Marfa Lights of Texas. Nobody doubts that the Humboldt squid is real, a glowing predator of the eastern Pacific Ocean. But Whitcomb seems to have only a comparatively few followers in his belief that the flying lights of southwest Texas are bioluminescent pterosaurs.

He uses passages from the book Hunting Marfa Lights, by James Bunnell, in promoting the concept of nocturnal flying predators, but Bunnell makes no mention of that idea in his book.

Maybe the best point in Whitcomb’s favor is that no scientist, not even Mr. Bunnell, seems to have come up with a better explanation for the strangest types of Marfa Lights, the ones that sometimes split up into two lights, separate, and later reunite. Local residents around Marfa, Texas, often mention the intelligence that those lights seem to possess, another point in Whitcomb’s favor.

He brings up the huge squid as an example of how a group of intelligent glowing predators can use their brightness to catch prey. He also brings up eyewitness reports from citizens of Texas who send him emails about apparent pterosaurs flying overhead.

But until somebody captures a pterodactyl in a desert of southwest Texas, the idea that a group of glowing predators are swooping out of the sky at night, to catch bats and rabbits, may be a theory that flies too far out of reach for most people to believe, at least for city people who have never seen those flying lights.

Marfa Lights and Bioluminescence

Only about 3% of unusual lights around Marfa, Texas, are truly mysterious. But those rare lights—how extraordinary!

Marfa Lights

A new explanation for the mysterious flying Marfa Lights comes from a strange source: a cryptozoologist in California, who writes nonfiction books about modern living pterosaurs. Jonathan Whitcomb, of Long Beach, CA, wrote a press release.

Glowing Orbs of the Mekong River

April 15th, 2010

What attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators, every October, to Nong Kai Province? The Naga Fireballs of Southeast Asia have attracted crowds for many years, and these strange glowing orbs have been seen emerging from the Mekong River for centuries.

What causes these lights? Is it the gravitational pull of the moon on methane gas? Are the legends true about the eggs of the giant snake? Could Laotin monks be playing hoaxes? Scientific explanations appear to fall flat, for at least one scientist strongly opposes any natural cause such as methane; it seems to unbelievable to imagine gas bubbles that start burning in the water and then continue to burn in the form of a balls as they emerge and float up above the river. Yet any attempt at a human explanation evaporates like the lights themselves: Lights slowing emerging from the water–that seems impossible for monks to create every year for centuries.

Perhaps the ancient legends may have some truth to them, for a living organism, not yet classified in Western science (albeit bioluminescent rather than mystical) appears to be the best explanation for the Naga Fireballs of the Mekong River. We know that some insects glow and some insects emerge from rivers to fly away. This may be a large bioluminescent insect.

There appears to be no direct relationship to the nocturnal glowing kor of Papua New Guinea.