I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...
- Jul 19, 2004
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Well, since you asked ...The USO thread is really interesting also.
If I might please enquire - what do you make of it all?
Generally speaking, I find UFO sightings by seamen out at sea more interesting than the majority of UFO sightings. Seamen are more attuned to the natural world and the skies at sea. Perhaps most importantly they are obligated to keep a careful watch on the weather, the waters and anything else that comes into view. By and large I've found sighting reports at sea to be more detailed and precise than almost all the sightings by ordinary folks on land and often surrounded by urban / suburban 'noise'.
Those accustomed to keeping watch at night are less likely to be surprised or fooled by mundane events (e.g., fireballs, high-flying aircraft).
Another factor is that the probabilities for pranks or hoaxing are greatly diminished out there away from shore.
This greater faith in seafarers' qualifications as reliable observers carries over (in my mind, at least ... ) to observations of anomalous surface or submerged phenomena.
It's long been noted that if one subscribed to the ETH and suspected aliens were secretly visiting or operating on earth, they could best remain out of sight by staying at sea - especially under the sea. It's still the case that we have more detailed knowledge of the moon's surface than our own seabeds. There's no better illustration for our understanding the sea's capacity for secrecy than the fact we deploy our least traceable and evadable strategic weaponry via nuclear submarines.
The most striking U*O reports are those that combine the UFO and USO motifs - i.e., objects seen to transition from air to sea or vice versa. The ability to transition from one to the other fluid medium is considerably more remarkable than behavior in only one or the other, and this ability remains truly beyond our own capabilities.
As to USOs specifically ... I still find USO reports quite intriguing, even given the fact there are as many or more confounding factors involved in detecting and observing submerged objects as flying ones. USOs represent a category of Fortean / paranormal phenomena that's generally escaped the excesses and spin-doctoring that have accreted to, and obscured serious inquiry into, other such subject matter areas.