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    Re: Polynesian navigation
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Jun 6, 16:50 -0700

    John, you wrote:
    "What I found most interesting in Lewis' description (actually from his 
    interviews) was this phenomenon of "underwater lightning", which, according 
    to Lewis interviews seemed to be a kind of flashes that happened in deep 
    water. I talked to people who I think had perhaps some expertise in this kind 
    of thing, and they hadn't heard or it, or were aware of it. "
    
    The description in Lewis sounds an awful lot like big squid. Some species of 
    squid have bright, active bioluminescent organs which they can use to make 
    impressive pulsing bands of light which would look like "underwater 
    lightning" on a dark night. Could some species of squid indicate the 
    direction of land by their flashes? It's conceivable at least. It's also 
    conceivable that a large squid might attempt to interact with a small boat at 
    sea, interpreting it either as a potential mate, a competitor, or lunch.
    
    -FER
    
    
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