Lions, Pterodactyls, and the Marfa Ghost Lights

Creatures of habit—those include predators like the African lion, and that big cat now bridges the canyon separating flying ghost lights and modern pterodactyls. I know that appears to fly in the face of reason, but please consider the nocturnal hunting habit of the African lion, then we’ll examine how habits of Marfa Lights may relate to live pterosaurs.

On a night when a lion pride hunts—maybe every night somewhere in Africa—the prey can be as big as an elephant; but let’s assume the prey is smaller and confined to a particular area for at least several nights, let’s say because of a need for some small animals to stay close to water in a drought. Would not a successful hunt, by hungry lions on a particular night, compel those lions to return to the same area the next night? If they had ever hunted successfully in the same area, two nights in succession, of course it would. But if a particular area gives no reward on one night, the lions could move quite some distance away on the next night, returning to the first area perhaps later in the year, assuming the lions have a large territory.

How are nocturnal Marfa Lights (in particular the CE mystery lights described by James Bunnell in his book Hunting Marfa Lights) like creatures of habit? In the limited area where Bunnell’s cameras record them, they usually remain absent for many weeks, sometimes many months, before returning. If one or more of the cameras records them on a Monday, for example, they will not be seen on the following Thursday or Friday or Saturday or Sunday . . . But the exceptions, those nights in which they do not stay away for many days or weeks or months, are astonishing, for sometimes the cameras record them on successive nights, and sometimes at about the same time of night.

Take the nights of July 14th and 15th, 2006. On the 14th, the lights appeared at 38 minutes after sunset; on the 15th, 37 minutes. How appropriate for a group of nocturnal predators having successful hunting! In fact, it’s easy to imagine those predators being so anxious on the second night that they arrived at the same general area a minute earlier.

Could those two nights have been just a fluke? Bunnell’s methodical record keeping reveals other pairs of nights that support the bioluminescent-flying-predators hypothesis. Those consecutive nights are rare compared with the usual individual nights that are separated by weeks or months of no camera recordings. But they also show an unusual propensity for appearances at about the same general time of night, uncommon for nights that are not consecutive.

Other circumstantial evidences support the bioluminescent-predator hypothesis. Bunnell’s cameras, on May 8, 2003, recorded a relatively straight and level flight of a CE-III ML: It was an eleven-mile Marfa Light flight. A bioluminescent flying creature, albeit unclassified in Western biology, can be imagined performing that flight, but it’s more difficult to imagine for some unknown or speculative atmospheric energy force. The triangulation by the cameras demonstrated that light flew above the ground, over the desert bushes, not on the ground, not on any road or highway.


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