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Ahoy matey! The ocean is the most vast piece of Earth there is. It will never be fully explored if any lifetime. It is a glorious mystery and the men and women who sail the open waters as a job or as a regular hobby have tales to tell. The mysteries and the fantastical beauty of the sea is unparalleled and who doesn't want to know more?
Redditor _u/baesics was hoping to hear form our boys and girls at sea by asking... Sailors of Reddit, what is the most bizarre or unexplainable thing you've seen while at sea? I wish I could just look in my toilet and see some of this stuff.
KEEP ON LEAPING... KEEP ON LEAPING!!
Off the coast of Venezuela, once saw what could be called a dolphin party. Apparently they sometimes team up to herd schools of tuna together and feast on them. So there was a line together of hundreds of dolphins--and I do mean hundreds. The dolphins ones at the front of that line were leaping out of the water, spinning, doing flips--not actively feeding (they seemed to have already fed) but either taking turn displaying acrobatics to each other or showing pure joy.
They kept on going, leap after leap, until we had passed. Must have watched it for twenty or thirty minutes.
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I was surfing one time and a manatee came up right under me and started spinning. It just kept spinning until I pet it then it stopped and just looked happy.
GO BENJI GO![rebelmouse-image 18359501 is_animated_gif=
Worked with a Diving Boat for a long Time in eastern Thailand: once we met a swimming Dog in the open Sea, no Island for 5 nautical Miles.
A few days later we asked the Locals and they explained that this Dog is doing this always (swimming) when he feels it is time to meet the female Dogs of the other Islands and sometimes even swimming to Cambodia!
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Have you ever seen the movie Captain Philips. If they came out only 2 hours earlier they would have attacked my ship. We were just ahead of them. I only heard about it when the captain brought us all to the bridge and told us about the American ship that had been assaulted.
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While sailing the tallship Bounty out the St. Lawrence I was on bow watch and the ship lurched to starboard by like a foot. We had like 10 miles of water on both sides so I checked on the starboard side... nothing
Went to the port side and was completely speechless for the first time in my life. A 55-65 foot Right whale was scratching it's back on the side of the ship and I was staring into a volleyball sized eye less that 10 feet from me.
I'VE SEEN IT ALL!![rebelmouse-image 18979873 is_animated_gif=
I'm a Navy helicopter pilot and I've seen a few strange things.
Someone already mentioned the sea snakes in the Arabian gulf. But what you can't really see from the ship is the balls of snakes. I've flown over a few giant balls of snakes intertwined in the water. When I say giant, I am talking like 10 yards from side to side.
In the middle of the ocean we came across a dead cow in the water. Just bloated and floating there. My best guess is the thing fell off of a freighter. I've seen a whale poop. That was on the list of things I never thought I'd see. A mom and her calf surfaced out near San Clemente island off San Diego, and dammit that mom let out a long brown cloud behind her that had to go for 50 yards.
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There is a green flash of light just after the sun passes the horizon.
When I've seen it, its was more blue green but it might have been the water reflecting through the atmosphere, moon jellyfish appearing out of nowhere. so many you couldn't jump in without hitting them. And disappearing 20 min later when the wind picked up.
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I was on a submarine, so....not much. There was one guy who used to take two slices of bread, dump a bunch of sugar on it, and cover it all in milk, and would eat it for breakfast. That was pretty bizarre. But I don't think that's what you're looking for.
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Saw a soccer ball go floating past one time when we were several hundred miles from land.
Also sailed past the carcass of a goat in the middle of the Persian Gulf.
HERE COMES SPEED RACER...[rebelmouse-image 18354619 is_animated_gif=
Was in the Marblehead to Halifax race, off the coast of Nova Scotia, and while at the helm saw we were heading for what looked like a weird reef or shoal. We are looking at charts, everything we had, nothing. And we were approaching it too quickly, but really it was approaching us.
Dolphins chasing tuna in a huge event, like 1/2 mile wide, like a huge line of white water it really was bizarre.
Also a few time an Ocean Sunfish would follow us, drafting us - just 3-4 feet off the stern. NOTHING should be that big and that ugly...
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Was transiting at flank speed in a submarine at an undisclosed depth greater than 200 ft. Felt the entire ship shudder up and down and heard a loud thump and rumble. Shortly thereafter saw a sonar signature for a large group of snapping shrimp across the bow. Pretty sure we freed Willy...
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Did a semester with an Outward Bound program where we sailed through the Exumas in the Bahamas for two weeks. Every night while we slept we would have anchor watch shifts so that someone was always awake if we started to drift. On my watch one night I saw a fairly large dark object (6-7 feet) pass under the boat and keep going till it was out of sight. Couldn't make out what it was since it was so dark out but wish I knew what it was. Probably a shark I guess?
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I am a Deck Officer, this happened twice, the last one about two weeks ago. Our vessel was sailing on the north coast of Brazil, around 0200LT, I went outside to obtain the gyro compass error by taking the bearing of the Moon. It was a beautifull sky that night so I took my time out at the bridge wing to take some air. At one moment I was looking to the horizon at portside when at a glance I spotted a dim glow in the sea, when I looked down there was like hundred of thousands of green and blue glowing dots on the water, it was like I was sailing on another planet (Avatar's Pandora, anyone?). After some research I've learned that these is caused by plankton bioluminescence. It was mesmerizing.
Other less bizarre but really cool event was a meteor passing by. We see a LOT of shooting stars and space debris falling down through the atmosphere, but this one was the size of a bus or something, the whole night became bright as day for 3 seconds.
There are some stories of UFO, and paranormal phenomena that I've heard through this years that happened with my coworkers, but as these didn't happened to me I will keep to another post, if you guys are interested!
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I went around the world with the Navy in 2015 and of all the awesome sights, nothing was as bizarre as sitting in the Persian Gulf in the heat of summer with haze so thick that the sun was obscured and you only had about a half mile of visibility in any direction, and you get told to go back inside because your boots are melting to the deck because the ambient air temperature hit 159F. Hallucinations become real and people jumped ship several times. Nothing was as crazy as that.
THE DUTCHMAN!![rebelmouse-image 18979882 is_animated_gif=
I've seen the green flash at sunset, but no Flying Dutchman.
Didn't see any snakes in Hormuz, but we did pass through a huge fleet of smugglers sneaking western stuff into Iran. One or two at a time is normal, this was over 100 and several got close enough I'm surprised they didn't get shot.
But the craziest thing I saw was one sailor's tattoo of a severed wolf's head, duct taped to a stick, with a laser pointer on its head and a knife coming out of its mouth, all on fire.
DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD...[rebelmouse-image 18979883 is_animated_gif=
I was sailing on one of the dirtiest rivers of America a few years back when the water became filled with headless fish. Tons of them. After a little while more of sailing I was met with an equal number of fish heads. Very weird
ILLUMINATION!![rebelmouse-image 18979884 is_animated_gif=
The sea flashing an odd blue green in almost frozen waters, middle of the night. I know about bioluminesent plankton/algea/bacteria/ect...
This was all wrong for that and we were traveling at 23kts. Wrong shade, wrong position of light flashes, wrong time of year for this. Normally its warmer waters in the spring season down south. This was mid winter far north, around the baltic area. Now i can accept the bioluminesce as some offshoot of an algea thats started surviving up north, but for one thing. Our wake and rooster tail were pitch black like normal. If anything those should have been glowing like someone was shining a spotlight dow
Instead the water had almost randomly spaced and timed flashes off both port and starboard. About 20-50ft off the side of the ship. And the glowing bursts of light paced us all night for a couple days.
Everything about it was subtly wrong.
SMOOTH LIKE GLASS...[rebelmouse-image 18979885 is_animated_gif=
Somewhere in the mid-Mediterranean on a naval deployment in Summer 1998 I stepped outside and the water was as smooth as glass. This isn't an exaggeration, I've sailed all over the world, and never seen anything like that. The shocking thing was, far more experienced sailors hadn't either. It was surreal and almost creepy. Not a freaking ripple, not a slow-moving wave. Nothing. Too this day I still don't know how it was possible. Lasted about 5 minutes, and from the bow, where we hadn't made a wake yet, just utter stillness. Amazing.
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Sea lice they go in a fish if it has been dead awhile. Eats it from the inside out. Turns your fish into an envelope and comes the size of a leech.
The key to any successful relationship is communication.
The ability to be open and receptive to what a significant other has to say, as well as the ability to be able to convey something weighing on one's mind, can be healing.
But depending on the circumstance, some things are better left unsaid.
Curious to hear examples of what those might be, Redditor FamiliarFarmer8356 asked:
"What's something you wish you could tell your partner without upsetting them?"
If there is conflict, there is a way to discuss and address the issue in a civil and respectful manner.
Things Just Happen
"Every bad thing that happens doesn't require someone to be blamed for it. And that someone doesn't always have to be me."
A Cornerstone Of A Successful Union
"One of the cornerstones of a good marriage, is knowing how to argue. I’d actually say that before a couple get married, they should check how their potential partner behaves in an argument. What are they like when they get angry. It’s important because no two individuals are going to agree all the time. And on those occasions, it’s important to remember not to belittle the other. Deal with the issue at hand. And especially, don’t argue in front of the kids. You have no idea how much lasting damage this causes."
"All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principles of equal partnership."
It's Not That Deep
"please stop complaining about everything."
"If you keep seeking out reasons to be miserable, you will find them."
"I'm tired of being dragged down with you."
There's no need to get defensive when there's something to discuss.
It's Not About You
"That some days I’m just tired from class and work and just want some me time, it’s not that I hate you my social battery is just running out."
"Her first reaction to something adverse doesn't have to be anger."
In The Words Of A Pirate
"In the wise words of captain Jack Sparrow sometimes:"
'the problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude toward the problem.'
It Takes Two To Tango
"That I wish she’d be more independent so she didn’t need my help for everything outside the house."
"That it’s a little disturbing how aggressively he drives when he’s grumpy… heavy on both gas and brakes, zooming in and out of traffic, swearing at people who make mistakes… very unlike him."
Sometimes the truth hurts when talking about members of the family.
A Real Assessment
"That her mother is not a good person."
"I told my husband that it's not that his family is nosy and overbearing, it's that I hate watching him cave and negotiate as if they have a right to behave like this, and I really hate when I'm the bad guy for wanting reasonable limits."
"It got worse, then it got better, FYI."
"His parents are greedy, selfish people and treat him like an atm."
There's definitely a fine line between withholding your thoughts to protect the person you love and being brutally honest.
If coming clean isn't going to resolve an issue, then it might be better to suck it up and deal with whatever frustrations you have about the other person.
It's up to you, but make sure the delivery doesn't come from a place of rage if you do decided to be totally transparent about your negative thoughts.
Every family has a black sheep or every family in its entirety are black sheep.
What is a "black sheep" anyway?
It used to mean a person who brought shame or embarrassment to a family, but it's more often used now to mean the member who is just very different from everyone else—sometimes in a good way.
Redditor Frozen_yoghurt123 asked:
"Who is the 'black sheep' of your family?"
I'm the black sheep or at least I'd like to think so.
"Probably my dad's cousin, who went to prison for murdering his lover's husband."
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"My Dad. He is the only one of 6 siblings who wasn't a huge f**k up. And yet, before my Grandma died she stated that he was her 'biggest disappointment.' He is estranged from his surviving siblings... not by his choice. It honestly blows my mind."
"Toxicity is often a group mindset thing; people don't want you to leave because they are dysfunctionally co-dependent on each other and need each other to justify their own shortcomings in life. A lot of the 'family loyalty' stuff is typically shouted loudest by those who are the least good idea to stay loyal towards."
"My great uncle who stole my great grandfathers identity, stole a couple million dollars, and ran off. No one even knew he was alive until my great grandfathers funeral in 2009. No one has seen him since. My grandma started to cry because she honestly thought he was dead."
"Everyone else just kind of nodded on his direction and went on with the rest of the funeral. I just remember being very confused because I was 9 and I had never met this guy who my dad pulled me aside and told me he was my great uncle. It was a few years later that I got the full story."
"According to my mean aunt, the 'matriarch' in her own mind, it's my twin brother because "he doesn't care about family now that he's a doctor." (He's a resident. Chief resident. He works ridiculous hours and spends the rest of the time recovering from work.)"
"According to my ex-MIL (who still counts because she's Son's grandma), it's me, for divorcing her son."
"According to everyone else, it's Mean Aunt. The rest of us are warm and caring and compassionate. We have our moments; all of us have been accidentally thoughtless or done something selfish once in a while, but we're not deliberately mean and snarky all the time."
"My immediate family are the black sheep of the entire family."
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Sounds like everyone has a little black sheep in them.
"By now, my brother for cutting off everyone because he prefers his rude, selfish, paranoid, narcissist wife over all of us."
"My wife is the black sheep of her family in the sense that she's the only one who isn't a rude, selfish, paranoid narcissist."
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"Me. My granddaddy told me 'I’ve only had the sheriff knock on my door two times in my 80 years, and both times he was looking for you! 'I did some dumb sh*t, caused a little trouble, burned a few bridges but always managed to stay out of jail. Partly because my sister has kept an attorney on retainer for me since I was 16."
"My younger brother (2nd of 4) is a compulsive liar and it got him in a lot of little trouble as a teen, then he told his wife he graduated a big college when we're not even sure if he got his GED because he failed to graduate HS, went to some GED school and eventually just stopped going."
"IF he graduated college, he never mentioned he was going in the 4+ years it takes nor mention graduation or have a diploma. He's not a bad dude, but now family time is super awkward when he and his wife are talking about 'their' college team."
The NOT good girl...
"My aunt's daughter. She’s been in jail for drugs, stolen money from my aunt and other family members to use on drugs and physically abused my aunt. My aunt has tried getting her help, but nothing has worked. She’s just not a good person, and everyone in my family, except my aunt, doesn’t want anything to do with her. I haven’t seen her in 8 years now, and I’m happy about that."
"A former nun - my great aunt - left the religious life and got married. She called herself 'the black sheep of the family' because her habit was black."
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Well the black sheep sound like the most interesting family members.
Sex is great, but there are more ways than one to accomplish that euphoric feeling without sex.
There are so many small, ordinary aspects of life that can just send a person and we come across them daily.
A good steak.
A home repair.
The things that make you say...
"I tingle all over."
Redditor OldAboba asked:
"What is the best non-sexual physical feeling you’ve ever felt?"
Adele. Adele live. She sends me.
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"I got a professional full body (everything but my man parts) massage a few years back for the first and so far only time at a spa after the recommendation from a coworker. I felt like I was floating on a cloud for the next few days."
Through your nose...
"Sneezing when you're sick. Then you get that about 20 second feeling of breathing through your nose again and you like ahh that's what I aspire to at the moment."
"Or the very last sneeze of your illness. During a fire drill in high school, I was ambling out after fighting a head old for a few days. The alarm was killing my head which was already throbbing from the sinus pressure."
"I was nearing the field, well away from my classmates, when I cough/sneezed out a huge, green loogie - cleared it about three feet, no icky trail - and by the time I was walking back to the building I was feeling pretty much back to normal. No more head cold after that. Never had something like that ever happen again where there was such an abrupt end to the head cold."
"Right after a migraine goes away. It's almost a spiritual experience."
"This was going to be my answer. I was in the ER one time for a really bad migraine. They gave me what they called a 'migraine cocktail.' When they pushed it through the IV I could feel the cold liquid make its way through my body, up to my head. Once it hit my brain, the migraine was gone. It was pure ecstasy. Even better was that cocktail had Benadryl in it so I fell asleep not long after and slept so good."
"That stretch til you shake when you wake up."
"I once stretched too hard in the morning and got the worst calf cramp ever... it looked like a prune and I thought I would die from the pain. Couldn't stretch in bed for months afterwards out of fear it would happen again."
"When you move over 50, it turns into that stretch til you put your back into a muscle spasm that lasts days."
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"I had a cast and splint on both my legs for 2 months. When they cut it off, they scratched my legs for me and the itch was just top notch! Yeah."
Itching an itch can change a life.
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"When you're starving all day and devour a bomb a** meal."
Sleep for Life
"When you’ve been up for 20 hours+ and finally get into bed and you just know it’ll be the best sleep of your life."
"But man, after 36+ hours, the body sort of aches and it's hard to fall asleep despite being completely exhausted. Then the restless legs kick in... ugh. I do agree that a 20hr-ish stint is amazing to cuddle into, especially if you don't have to get up at any specific time the next day."
"Makes it better when you’ve been sleep deprived for weeks and know you have NO PLANS tomorrow and can sleep as much as you need."
"When you're absolutely busting for a pee and you can finally go!"
"Apparently there’s a thing called a 'pee-gasm' that people (usually women) have that causes an orgasmic feeling when you pee after holding it for a while! I’ve definitely experienced this and I’ve intentionally waited a while so I could have that good feeling... lol."
I Can Hear!!
"The feeling of water leaving your ear after being there all day."
"I had some impacted earwax for a week in one ear, and when it finally got removed it was the best feeling in the world. Initially it was like having a tv or radio in my ear that only had static, but then I could hear. Good god, I could hear. It was amazing."
"Oh man, and it’s WARM from being in your head, and the warmth makes the sensation of leaving even better."
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"Sleeping in a warm blanket in winters."
"Or sleeping in a cold blanket in summer."
I am enthralled by all of those things.
People need to stop throwing out unwanted advice.
And when it is requested, think before you speak.
People with mental disorders don't need everyone telling them they have a fix like "exercise" or "herbal supplements."
Redditor Gold-Ad-2827 asked:
"People with mental disorders: What do you hate being told the most?"
I hated being told to just smile. You smile and go away.
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"It's all in your head. Where else would it?! My colon?"
"Everybody goes through that."
"This saying makes my blood boil. Or the 'I was that age once too ya know' yeah no sh*t you were that age once. And just because you were that age once doesn’t mean we have the same experience."
"They try to minimize it."
"You're worried? Just stop."
"You're sad? Just don't be."
"You're compulsively binge eating? Eat less."
"Thanks for that stellar advice."
"Or even better, 'Just do it!' As if ADHD paralysis can be stopped with a can-do attitude."
"I get so frustrated when people treat the idea of 'holistic medicine' as some kind of woo. How does it escape so many people that the body works holistically? Even a lot of doctors seem to ignore this. It's very frustrating when you have 2 or 3 or 4 illnesses that are all affecting each other, and your 'physical health' is held distinct from your mental health, and nothing anyone is doing to treat you works because no one's looking at the whole system."
"I just got a lecture from a psychiatrist I am seeing about nutrition, and he apologized to me for doing so but I told him, 'No, I appreciate it. Do it for all your patients.' because it told me he's trying to look at the whole picture and actually fix what's wrong. It gave me faith in him."
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"You need to calm down."
"Never is the history of calm down has calm down ever caused anyone to calm down."
Calm down. I hate that one. You calm down.
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"When they try to give me tips on what to do, like bruh as if I didn't already try that."
"You don't look sad. No crap... that's so I can avoid having this conversation. Also depression isn't 'being sad' like people think."
"God, I hate this. It's because saying 'I'm depressed' has been standard for people expressing that they're slightly unhappy about something dumb like not getting enough croutons on their salad or some crap. Now that's just what everyone assumes you mean when you say you have depression."
"'Stop being lazy.'"
“'Lazy' is when you don’t want to do anything at all. 'Executive disfunction' is when you can do everything at all, but that one easy quick thing that you do want to do just makes you and your brain freeze completely days ahead. I’m tired of people not understand that even when I explain and look at me like I’m bullshitting instead."
Ways to Cope
"Maybe you should try praying harder. I did, He prescribed medication."
"Praying is a way to cope for a lot of people, I think. That's totally fine, but insisting on praying in lieu of getting real help or actually addressing the issue is when it is not only unhelpful, but dangerously detrimental."
"Religious people will bypass everyone’s cultures, identity, views, and feelings just to be right and make a point. it’s disgusting. I read somewhere that real so called Christianity is all wrong. The real faith is from the Aramaic history and all the meanings were misinterpreted and the stories and all were made up by Catholics wanting to control their people. Yuck."
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"As someone with OCD with a lot of attention to 'contamination', having someone try to explain contradictions in why I'm doing something that is technically unclean when I wouldn't do something that is technically clean due to OCD. There are a few doorknobs that I will not touch no matter how much you clean them in front of me and I know it makes no sense, if it made sense I wouldn't have OCD i'd just be cleanly."
Stop trying to be an armchair therapist. Be empathetic to people first.