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Sailors Reveal The Most Bizarre Things They've Experienced At Sea

Sailors Reveal The Most Bizarre Things They've Experienced At Sea

Sailors Reveal The Most Bizarre Things They've Experienced At Sea

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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.

EUPHORIA!!

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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!

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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!

THAT'S TIMING!

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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.

CLOSE CALL!

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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!!

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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.

I SEE THE LIGHT!

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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.

WHAT'S ON THE MENU?

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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.

WILSOOOOOOOON!!!!!

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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...

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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...

WILL YOU BE THERE?

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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...

JAWS IS THAT YOU?

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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?

THE SKY IS FALLING...

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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!

JUMP!!

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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!!

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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...

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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!!

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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...

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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.

NOT APPETIZING...

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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.

Things People Secretly Love But Would Never Admit To In Public

Reddit user sweet_chick283 asked: 'What do you secretly love that you would never admit to in public?;

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What makes us all unique is our passions and the things we love, whether it's singing in the shower, reading books, or listening to specific music artists.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where we are judged for our various tastes and interests thanks to social media, and it makes us consciously selective about sharing the things we love on the internet.

Curious to hear about people's personal desires under anonymity, Redditor sweet_chick283 asked:

"What do you secretly love that you would never admit to in public?"

These aren't really chores for the following Redditors.

Good Clean Fun

"Mopping, im a janitor and generally hate my work... but damn mopping is so good."

– MrDDog06

"When you have a great rhythm going it is something special. I get the same feeling while I vacuum, but won’t let my wife know I enjoy it."

– Bogus_34

Act Of Unwrinkling

"Ironing clothes. A dozen of them. Can’t explain how it relaxes me. I told one person and they looked at me like I’m crazy."

– eerie_white_glow

"My mum misses the days when dad would be out on a Friday night, my brother out with friends and me upstairs quietly playing PS1. She would pour herself a Bacardi & Coke and do the ironing while watching her TV shows."

"I'm sure she doesn't really miss it now that we've moved out and they've retired but it was her wind-down after a busy working week so I can see how people can find it relaxing."

– xdq

Our solo actions can spark joy.

Big Brother Is Watching

"pretending to be on the Truman show and whenever im in my house i act all inconspicuous so they dont know that i know that they’re watching me."

– Bec_121

"C’mon man, you’re not supposed to let him know. You signed a contract when signing up for live views. I’m reporting you."

– doeswaspsmakehoney

The Multi-Tasker

"Playing video games naked at home while eating cheese."

– thickening_agent

Releasing The Kraken

"I love the feeling when you've eaten good fibre and let out a solid long train log in the toilet. That feeling is heavenly."

– therapoootic

"Even better when it’s a clean wipe and not a poo crayon."

– TheWarmestHugz

Ultimate Comfort

"My (male 41) weekend routine is coming home from work, make hot chocolate, start a fire, dress in a ugly pink nightgown made for old ladies and watch forensic files."

– crazyloomis

Some people are obsessed with collecting things.

So Kawai

"Sanrio stationery stores. All those different multicolor pens, a thousand kinds of erasers, spiral bound notebooks galore... my kids sadly have absolutely no appreciation for this wonderland..."

– HavingNotAttained

It's A Staple

"Office supplies have a weird, special place in my heart ever since I was a kid. They don't even have to be 'cute' necessarily."

"Japan's legendary stationery stores is unironically a reason I want to go."

– _CozyLavender_

Not Caring Anymore

"The older I get the shorter that list gets. Not because I love less things, but because I don't care about hiding it."

– Bi-Beast

"YES!! I'm 53 now. I'm working my first job in public since 2006. Today is Halloween and we're allowed to dress up so I am sitting here waiting to go to work dressed as a VERY bad Wednesday Addams. My bf said I'd 'look stupid' because no one else will probably dress up and I'm like, 'WHO CARES!' My makeup looks horrible and not like I practiced, but I DO NOT CARE! I'm having fun with it anyhow and I don't care if my coworkers dress up or not. I'm bein' ME! :)"

– deanie1970

Honorable mentions start here.

The Savior

"Picking up worms from the street and sidewalks when it rains and moving them into the dirt so they don’t burn in the sun, every time it rains I do this."

– sky_kitten89

Hero Of The Moment

"Yoooo I scoot SO many snails and worms. I work as a tech/mechanic at an automotive shop, I had a peoject car towed to my house the other day and it was covered in snails. I saw them when the tow guy/coworker was unloading and I was like, 'oh! It comes with free snails!' and began moving them. He laughed then realized and said, '... Oh, you're serious. Uh... Okay.'"

"I don't care who knows it. These little things barely can look out for themselves, why shouldn't we if we can take a moment to help? I don't care what happens next, it probably doesn't matter overall but I can help this moment."

– chris14020

Why should some of the hidden desires mentioned above have to be secret?

Redditors opening up about some of these would make them a hit at parties–no shaming.

As a matter of fact, I'll totally be down for a Forensic Files viewing party where we all make hot chocolate, light the fireplace, and cozy up together in our respective pink ugly nightgowns for old ladies.

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Life is all about learning new things, including learning new things about the people in your life. Sometimes, the things you learn are shocking, disgusting, or even scary.

I was the new kid in town when I was in fifth grade and my first friend was this quiet (and cute) boy in my class. He and I remained friends through middle school, and even though we drifted apart in high school, our interactions when we ran into each other in the halls or the cafeteria were really nice.

All throughout school and even beyond, he remained quiet, polite, and reserved. Just a few years ago, I read a news article written about him. He had apparently fatally wounded his father after an argument.

I had to reread the article several times to make sure it was really about my old friend. I think about it a lot, and still can't believe it!

I'm not the only one that has a shocking story like that. A lot of Redditors learned shocking or scary things about people from their childhood, and are ready to share.

It all started when Redditor ValuableHovercraft90 asked:

"What's the scariest thing you have found out about someone from your childhood (old friends, teachers, etc)?"

So Creepy

"That the boy who lived across the street and moved when I was 6 is still obsessed with me and my sister 30+ years later and posts ramblings on Facebook with our names and that he's going to be with us. Pretty terrifying honestly."

– mrscrawfish

The Worst List

"A neighbour died when he was 30. Police searched a trailer he owned and found weapons, bombs and a list of people he wanted to kill. My uncle was on that list."

– Flashy_Somewhere_648

"I'm glad this ended the way it did."

– CreepyCandidate4449

Terrifying

"One of my best friends (and locker partner) from high school was kidnapped by terrorists in Iraq. After a nightmare of 6+ months, all went silent. We buried an empty casket in his memory 10 years later."

– francois_du_nord

"This is horrifying. How incredibly sad for family to never get any closure. Very sad to read this. :("

– fizzycherryseltzer

"About 15 years ago my dad received a very good offer for work in Iraq, as a construction specialist. He was considering going, since at the same time the financial crisis started in Europe, but then one of his friends, a civil engineer, was kidnapped. Never returned back either."

– 19lgkrn70

"Same thing for my dad old coworker told him how great the money was. Dude got sniped working on a radio tower or something. My dad luckily was like, "I got a wife and family that would kill me for doing something so dangerous.""

– tristanjones

End Of The Friendship

"One of my dad's good friends, and my "uncle", just stopped coming around one day. I was told he was always busy with work, away, etc."

"Turns out, he killed 3 people in a drug deal gone bad and got life in prison."

"What's scary, is that we were over at his house for a weekend BBQ with a bunch of people earlier in the day of the night he did it, and it happened at his house."

– pnwking509

School Friends

"Don't know if it was scary, but I grew up with a kid whose birthday was the day before mine so we almost always shared birthdays in elementary school. We were friends, even spent the night at his house growing up. Later on in our teens, he started getting into some really dark stuff. I recognize that now as his being a sociopath, but like most everybody else at the time, figured it was just him going through some kind of emo phase. Over the years, we lost touch but I would occasionally run into him around town and our meetings were cordial, if not friendly."

"Last year, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing a man back in 1993, roughly 3 years after we got out of High School. Apparently he, his sister and another man lured this guy out to the boonies and killed him to steal money he had gotten in an insurance settlement."

"The only reason they were caught is the other guy got religion, felt remorse and went on the local TV station and aired a confession before turning himself in (He got 25 to life)."

– 530_Oldschoolgeek

"A girl I went to school with did the same thing. She was the nicest girl, got good grades & was kind of a dork. Mixed with the wrong people after graduation. She and two others lured an old man into an abandoned building, stabbed him and robbed him. He later died from his wounds."

– HereF0rTheSnacks

The Worst Afternoon

"I had a friend in grade school who was being raised by her single dad. She had a unique name and pretty face. She never talked about her mom, and she was super outgoing, so all us kids just made friends with her quickly. It was weird her dad never brought her to our birthday parties, even though she was always invited, but we didn’t think much of it. A couple times, she was allowed to ride the bus home with me after school, and we played and had fun until her dad came to pick her up. Later in the school year, she invited me to ride the bus to her house, and my mom agreed. I was 10. It was the scariest afternoon of my young life. I cannot articulate the extreme tension in her home. We weren’t allowed to make any noise, and we mostly stayed outside, me desperate for my mom to arrive."

"Her dad screamed at us for opening the door, and I was too nervous to go into the house to use the restroom. I knew she was embarrassed that there were no snacks or comforting interactions, like at my house. I didn’t really tell anyone how uncomfortable the experience was. After that day, I didn’t hang out with her a lot. We were in different classes, drifted apart, and decades later, when my own daughter asked to go to a friend’s house, I thought about that girl."

"As an adult, I figured out her dad probably worked a night shift and tried to sleep during the day…or he was an alcoholic who was really angry. Maybe both? I looked her up on social media, and thanks to her unique name and face, I recognized her immediately. She’s a perfectly well-adjusted woman with a beautiful family. She even had pictures of her kids with her dad and tributes to him as the greatest father and grandpa. Her whole page made me wonder what the hell I experienced that afternoon in the 4th grade?"

– OlderAndTired

School Is Supposed To Be Safe!

"In our school, we had something called "de halte." In English, it means "the halt" literally translated. Basically time out. BIf you had a meltdown in class or you were just a little sh*thead, you were sent there for 15 minutes or so to cool off.

The de hatle teacher got fired and jailed for breaking 4 different wrists of 4 different students by bending them the wrong way..."

– Ok_Win7358

*Skin Crawling*

​"There was this classmate a grade below me but all grades shared the same drama class. She was weird and kind of "off." I tried to befriend her at one point and was rebuffed. It later came out that she was actually an almost 30-year-old woman who would show up in a new area claiming to be a 15-year-old runaway. Kind of freaked me out."

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It turns out it was a good thing that the friendship didn't work out!