High Strangeness: Strange Goings On In The Gulf of Guinea

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Strange Goings On In The Gulf of Guinea

When one studies unexplained phenomenon, one develops a heightened awareness of patterns that suddenly occur within otherwise random data.

Take this weekend, for example. The MUFON "UFO Stalker" Twitter alert has been hyperactive for the past couple days, sending out multiple tweets every hour or so all day. That's not so odd in and of itself, but none of the tweets contain any text. Seemed kind of weird to me, so tonight I decided to click the links on the tweets to see what all these sighting reports were about... Turns out every last one of these dozens and dozens of tweets I've been receiving links to the same spot on the UFO Stalker map, and it's in the middle of the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa.

Each tweet shows up with a different MUFON case file number, but with absolutely no description of what was supposed to have been reported. So far no message from MUFON about any problems with their twitter feed, so either they are unaware or they are hoping no one would notice.

What is going on in the Gulf of Guinea? Here's a clue: I have found a reference to a strange sighting made from the steamship Fort Salisbury as it was sailing across the Gulf of Guinea in October, 1902. The lookout and the second officer saw a dark object that was at least 500 feet long, with lights at both ends, make a commotion in the calm sea and then submerge. Technically, this makes it an unidentified sinking object, but two out of three ain't bad.

The Fort Salisbury: does this ancient steamship hold the key to this weekend's MUFON twitter mystery?

Until MUFON can provide some explanation as to why the same thing keeps getting reported over and over and over, I will have to proceed with caution. Something is amiss, but who's messing with who?
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