- Oct 29, 2002
- Reaction score
- East of Suez
Actually, I see no creature at all, but a small still eddy in the current, making a very smooth patch on the water. At the beginning of the shot, the spot looks dark, because it is reflecting the tree across the river. As the angle of the camera changes, the reflection changes to the sky, which makes the smooth surface of that particular spot go light.
If it was a large creature suddenly submerging,(quickly enough to create what it seems that people think is white water) where is the wave it would create? In even the few seconds till the plane is directly overhead, there should be ripples spreading out from the disturbance.
I'm minded of the Mythbusters episode in which they tested the theory that a sinking vessel would suck down escapees in the water a la Hollywood (it didn't). The striking fact was how little turbulence was caused by a quickly decending boat of considerable size. If I recall, it was more of a plop than a splash with little in the way of ripples. A river is going to be calmer than even a sheltered harbour (where the test was conducted), but I'm still not overly worried by the lack of waves--especially if object/creature descended more or less vertically.
Just thinking aloud.