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Research vessel encounters unexplained light under the sea

By T.K. Randall
April 18, 2024 · Comment icon 23 comments
Mystery light in Gulf of Mexico.
What is the source of this light ? Image Credit: Reddit / u/Zj223
A research team studying bioluminescence came across this perplexing anomaly in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the testimony of an individual going by the username 'Zj223' who posted details of the experience on Reddit, the encounter occurred 10 miles west of Caladesi Island, Florida on Feb 27th at approximately 23:45 in the evening.

The research team first spotted the light around a quarter of a mile away, which prompted them to venture over to investigate.

At first, it seemed as though the light must have been that of a submerged navigation buoy or a sunken vessel, but as they got closer, they became increasingly puzzled as to what it could be.

"This light source was 100% on the bottom of the ocean, and not something that was floating through the water column," the submitter wrote. "It did not move in the current."

"As we hovered on top of the light, we used an EK-80 ( sonar ) to provide us with imaging of the ocean floor at this location. To our surprise, this object producing the light did not have a physical shape that we could detect. It was invisible to our sonar."
The story and images quickly generated a great deal of debate, prompting a number of theories ranging from an underwater UFO (or USO) to some form of bioluminescence.

"According to the PhD chief scientist, he immediately declared it was not bioluminescence after viewing the object using the camera equipment that was attached to the ship," the submitter added.

So could the researchers have discovered some sort of submerged UFO ?

Additional images and footage of the phenomenon can be viewed - here.

What do you think this is ?

Source: Reddit | Comments (23)




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Comment icon #14 Posted by Myles 30 days ago
Jumping to aliens is a silly thought.   We have lights all over the place.   I didn't see all the pics a research vessel would have taken.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 30 days ago
Seeing as though it just sits on the bottom, even as a boat approaches it, tells me that it's not a USO.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Steve McGarrett 30 days ago
Thank you! 
Comment icon #17 Posted by joc 29 days ago
Book 'em Dano!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Razman 29 days ago
Still looks a lot like bioluminescence algae . Maybe it latched onto a rock or something down there.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Hazzard 29 days ago
That is usually (always) more wide spread over a larger area... and bluish.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Raptor Witness 28 days ago
Interesting, and as I recall, there are lots of large sea creatures, including some jellyfish from the deep ocean with strong bioluminescence similar to this.  Depth?  Stationary for how long?  There are lots of skeptical questions we could ask that should be easier for the oceanographers to answer more easily. So let's start with these two?
Comment icon #21 Posted by Freez1 24 days ago
Some fishermen just dropped their high dollar LED flashlight.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Resume 24 days ago
Is it the one they don't want you to know about.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Ell 24 days ago
It might be a seashell - though I would think that the sonar would have detected it. Something similar was once detected near Japan and that was a very large seashell, if I recall correctly.   The sea near that Florida island is very shallow, about five metres if I read the depth map correctly, so it isn't anything from outer space.


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