A CONTINUAL PRESENCE
The Russians were known to possess a rather extensive fleet of submarines, and there were rumors that some were near the Pacific coast. This made the U.S Navy very nervous in 1958. With that in mind, 11 destroyers were sent out 50 miles off shore from San Francisco where Navy pilots had spotted a mysterious object in the water. Nothing was found, but in this time of increased vigilance, mysterious underwater objects began to be tracked by the navies of the world. The Americans were blaming the Soviets, and the Soviet, were blaming the Americans. Other nations were blaming whoever had a different ideology; but the truth was that everybody knew that something else was responsible.
For two weeks in 1960, the Argentine Navy helped by the United States Navy track an underwater object in the Golfo Nuevo off the Patagonian coast. Two objects were eventually tracked with the first staying submerged and out running the surface ships. Explosives were dropped to no affect. Quickly becoming an international incident, the rest of the world denied having anything to do with the incident. Especially concerned were the Soviets, whom had tracked mysterious underwater objects in their waters as well.
Rumors once again of secret Nazi submarines and a surviving Nazi presence in South America to Antarctica began to surface. Yes, many Nazis had escaped to South America and especially Argentina, but at the end of the World War II, the Nazis were broke. Like everything else, it all comes down to economics. Despite the amount of Nazi gold that made it’s way to undisclosed banks worldwide, it was unlikely that they were responsible for these objects that were so advanced, so fast, and capable of flying in and out of the water. No, something else was and is, responsible.
A few years later, well into that turbulent decade, yet another strange underwater object made an appearance in the southern hemisphere. Not off the South American continent this time, but at a more dramatic location; Admiralty Bay, Antarctica. Brazilian scientist, Dr Rubens J.Villela, was standing on the deck of an icebreaker when a large object described as a silvery bullet broke through the ice and disappeared into the sky. The force was such that large blocks of ice were thrown up into the air. The object apparently went through 37 feet of ice (Sanderson, 1970).
Taking into account the small percentage of individuals that frequent Antarctica, we wouldn’t expect a high concentration of UFO sightings emanating from this continent, but the sightings exist. In 1965, Argentine and British sailors witnessed a UFO on Deception Island, and in 1971 the crew of an icebreaker reported a UFO once again in Admiralty Bay. In 1983, meteorologists filed a UFO report from Prydy Bay, and 10 years later, Cape Hallett, became the location of a sighting.
Antarctica became quiet for a few years, but there appears to be a resurgence in sightings within the last decade. For whatever reason, the southern hemisphere and more precisely South America, is known to be an intense UFO hot spot. Whether there is a link between UFOs on the South American continent and the frozen waters of Antarctica remains to be seen. But back on Antarctica, sighting reports suggest that UFOs are heading or coming from the area of Inaccessibility, which is the most remote area of Antarctica as measured by the distance from the Southern ocean. There shouldn’t be anybody there.
There is a great deal of nonsense associated with mysteries in Antarctica as well, especially about entrance to inner worlds at the poles and secret Nazi expeditions to the area. These stories do very little for increasing ufology’s credibility, but I must admit have always held my attention. There’s always a signal in the noise, no matter how faint. Finding a signal among disinformative noise, well that’s the key.
Following this line of thought, the story of Admiral Byrd that is so linked to UFOs and Antarctica, is problematic. Yet, there are some aspects of the story that are intriguing. Admiral Byrd was a well-known explorer in the early years of the 1900’s, when explorers were still heroes. He had become famous for flying over both poles, and for his ground expeditions into Antarctica. In 1929, with a grant from Ford and Rockefeller, Byrd took off towards Antarctica. He set up camp and organized flights over the continent, and this is where it gets weird.
Author F.A Giannim wrote a book about Antarctica and Byrd’s exploits. In it, he mentions a newsreel shown in the United States that was shot from Byrd’s plane. It was labeled “Land Beyond the Poles”, which showed mountains, rivers and wildlife. Quite a few people have mentioned throughout the years that they remember the newsreel, which today cannot be located. Curiously, Byrd’s log and diary are unobtainable and resides with the US Naval Intelligence.
Let’s get one thing straight, the number of disappearances over the Bermuda Triangle, isn’t particularly alarming; especially for ships. On average, four planes and around 20 yachts disappear each year (Quazar, 2004). Whether that constitutes an unusual amount or not is debatable.
Due to the Bermuda triangle’s reputation, more focus is put upon that part of the world than any other when it comes to ocean disappearances and accidents. All the worlds oceans, seas, and in some instances lakes, have a great number of accidents, many unexplained. Typhoons, freak waves, pirates, storms are a fact of life in the open water. The Triangle, meaning from Florida to Bermuda to Puerto Rico lives partly upon its reputation. The waters within the Triangle are often rough, and the weather can change most rapidly. Even Charles Berlitz, in his classic book, took some liberties with some of the accounts; the weather in some of the classic disappearances was at times severe. The later is a fact often neglected by researchers.
All that been said, there is still something very unusual in the Bermuda triangle, if not malignant. But, it’s not the number of disappearances that is unusual or alarming, but it is the way they occur. May 1999, an Aero Commander on its way to Nassau, disappeared from radar for thirty minutes, with the pilot seemingly unaware of anything peculiar. Shortly after the plane reappeared on radar, it vanished once again, and this time for good.
In September of 1971, a military F-4 Phantom II fighter called Sting 27 vanished. Immediately, another Phantom II fighter, Sting 29 was scrambled to the area where Sting 27 dropped off radar. The pilot of Sting 29 reported a disturbance in the water and an oblong object over 100 feet in length. No further details were given. The official report mentioned a ‘”suspected point of impact”; that was all.
Planes have disappeared above land, between radarscopes (which is less than a minute), on approach, and in shallow water less than 10 feet deep. Some of the most chilling data comes from conversations with pilots before vanishing. Pilots mention a problem, that they are disorientated, cannot tell where the sky and the water meet, instrumentation malfunctions, along with the appearance of a strange fog. Some pilots have also mentioned strange objects or aircraft in the air, which fail to appear on radar. Pilots, fearful of a mid-air collision, would change course; but the objects always adjusted their course accordingly. More alarming, they would position themselves in front of the planes, causing the less experienced pilots to panic. Then, radio silence.
There appears to be no discernible pattern as to what type of plane or ship are more likely to experience an anomalous event over the Triangle. From small Cessna’s to DC 3’s, DC 4’s, B-52 bombers and large tankers, have all vanished from the sea. Boats have been found, derelicts, in perfect working conditions, but with the entire crew missing.
A remarkable, but not isolated account occurred in 1966 to a large 160-foot tug, captained by a very experienced Don Henry. The tug and its crew where on their way to Florida, three days from Puerto Rico. It was in the middle of the day, and the weather was good. No reason to be concern, until the compass started spinning wildly and the radio went silent. The crew ‘s uneasiness was compounded by the fact that suddenly there was no horizon. Everything was grayish white.
Worried about the barge they were tugging, Captain Henry looked back to make sure it was still being tugged. The line told Captain Henry that the barge was still there, but he couldn’t see it. It was enveloped in a strange fog. Captain Henry made the decision to speed up and try to escape whatever was enveloping his tug, but something was pulling it back. A few minutes later, the resistance all but vanished, the fog disappeared, the horizon reappeared, and the tug was back on its way. There was no damage. The only remaining effect was that the barge was unusually warm to the touch.
Radar can also behave strangely out in the Triangle, showing large object or land- masses in the middle of the ocean. Investigations by the Coast Guard never find anything, and the signal eventually fades away.
The number of UFO sightings over the water’s of the Triangle as well as USOs (unidentified submerged objects) below has been a constant since the time of Columbus. The early sailors and explorers called the underwater disturbances “wheels of light”. UFO’s have been seen from ships, from shore and from experienced pilots, with a specific concentration near and on Puerto Rico. As a note of interest, an area off the coast of Japan called the Dragon’s Triangle has experienced similar phenomena to the Bermuda Triangle, UFOs and all.
If you want to spend half the night on the internet, Google Lake Titicaca, UFOs;, because it will take you at least that long to sort out all the web sites, photos and videos on the subject. On many of them, there is questionable data from individuals that may or may not get out much. Still, the point being that this area of the world gets an unusual amount of sightings as well. Of primary interest here are the underwater lights that are reported underneath Lake Titicaca; and once again the display of strange flying objects entering and exited the lake by flight. As is the case near Bermuda and in Puerto Rico, rumors and talk of underwater UFO bases run rampant on the Internet and at UFO conferences. This of course, pure speculation as no one has ever found a UFO base.
What is not speculation are the objects that appear to show a particular interest in this area. Perhaps it is because Lake Titicaca fills out two important criteria when it comes to the probability of a location becoming a UFO hot spot; deep waters and ancient sites.
Lake Titicaca, bordering Peru and Bolivia sits at an altitude of 12,507 ft and is the largest lake in South America. More importantly in regard to this discussion, lake Titicaca also borders the ancient Inca sites of Tiahuanaco and Puma Punku. It is also where the Inca’s deity Viracocha first made his appearance. Viracocha, is the Inca version of Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl, and was said to have brought civilization to the world. The path walked by Viracocha is called the Sacred Valley and starts at Lake Titicaca, goes through Cuzco, Ollantaytambo, and Macchu Pichu. It ends in the Pacific Ocean where it is said Viracocha disappeared. One of the legends associated with Viracocha is that upon his travels near the province of Cocha, locals threw stones at him. Viracocha knelt and looked to the sky, and a great fire emerged from the sky and burned the landscape and stones.