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Old 25-03-2016, 10:48   #1
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Te Lapa, The Flashing.

Te Lapa was described in literature by a close friend, Dr. David Lewis in his book, We The Navigators.

Te Lapa is a phenomena that I and many who have sailed the Pacific on dark nights have witnessed. It is a startling, underwater flash similar to lightning that seems to explode close in and then race off (supposedly) in a direction to or from land or in a line between two islands. This is a phenomena distinctly different than phosphorescent bio luminosity, much brighter and more fleeting.

My questions:

Have others experienced this phenomena?

Has anyone witnessed Te Lapa in any other ocean than the Pacific?

Would you confirm that the flash you witnessed, raced off in the direction of the nearest land?

How would you personally describe what you witnessed?


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