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Mystery 'glowing creature' seen in UK harbour

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 03:26 PM

Experts were baffled after video footage emerged of a glowing "alien-like creature" swimming in Bristol harbour.

Stunned eyewitnesses filmed a mystery luminescent, tentacled being, which was flashing a variety of colours, floating close to the top of the water.

http://www.telegraph...ol-harbour.html

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 03:31 PM

The Abyss!

Great find, SW. :tu:

I agree it's probably something brought in by the strong tides or a storm, but it could be man-made as well.

Edited by Leonardo, 05 December 2013 - 03:32 PM.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 03:51 PM

Bio-luminescence is a wonder of life.


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:37 PM

http://www.bristolpo...tail/story.html

Dr. Simpson's hypothesis seems fairly solid as far as I'm concerned.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:55 PM

Really it looks like a jelly fish they have jelly fish that glow (i think :unsure2: ) but it could be jelly fish.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:56 PM

That is really interesting. Will BF be ever so well observed and recorded?


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 05:58 PM

View Postkrypter3, on 05 December 2013 - 03:51 PM, said:

Bio-luminescence is a wonder of life.
Does bio luminescence shut off like that though?


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 06:10 PM

Lots of strange things/happenings from the ocean these days.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 07:13 PM

View PostOverSword, on 05 December 2013 - 05:58 PM, said:

Does bio luminescence shut off like that though?

Yep.  It's a pretty amazing feature.



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:00 PM

Jellyfish
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Posted 06 December 2013 - 12:05 AM

I have to say the spectators don't look very "stunned," though. Lotsa cameras very alertly pointed at the thing.

Still, I suppose that if the reporter hadn't used "stunned," his editor would have put it in. The probities must be observed. :tu:


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 01:34 AM

View PostThe New Richard Nixon, on 05 December 2013 - 10:00 PM, said:

Jellyfish
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That is so gorgeous. It reminds me of the night I arrive at the ocean with my scuba buddy. We were overlooking the beauty of the waters and enjoying a beer at 1AM. Neither of us wanted to admit that 1 beer gave us the illusion of glowing water. After many breath taking minutes he had the sanity to say the obvious, "The sea is full of wonder". We waded out to see the beauty in front of us. It's a time I'll never forget.


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 09:38 AM

View PostRafterman, on 05 December 2013 - 04:37 PM, said:

http://www.bristolpo...tail/story.html

Dr. Simpson's hypothesis seems fairly solid as far as I'm concerned.

Yes it does to me as well Rafterman....but my initial thoughts was that it could be a Cuttlefish....

http://www.ted.com/t...onishments.html

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 12:24 PM

Sorry everyone, I've just found this -

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It was a mystery that took the internet by storm but the Bristol harbour 'alien' has been exposed as an elaborate stunt to promote a new TV show.

http://www.telegraph...s-PR-stunt.html

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 01:51 PM

View Postkrypter3, on 05 December 2013 - 03:51 PM, said:

Bio-luminescence is a wonder of life.

True, we have BL Comb-Jellies locally, very beautiful and quite harmless to humans.

But this almost had to be a fake, I know of no BL animal that produces light of this intensity, and purple light would be highly unusual as well.





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