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Spain: The Waters Of Mallorca An X-File

From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2002 10:34:53 -0500
Archived: Fri, 01 Nov 2002 10:00:17 -0400
Subject: Spain: The Waters Of Mallorca An X-File

SOURCE: Diario de Mallorca
DATE: 10/28/02

An X-File in the Waters of Mallorca

A team of parapsychologists looks into the unknown sounds which
could be produced by "UFOs, sleeping sharks or submarines."

Gabriel Rodas. Palma.

"All possibilities are open, ranging from the existence of an
alleged submarine UFO base to military maneuvers with
submarines, including sleeping sharks or phenomena having a
natural explanation." The phrase, while seemingly drawn from a
sci-fi novel, is the set of hypotheses juggled by the Sociedad
Espanola de Investigaciones Parapsicologicas (SEIP) which has
visited Mallorca in an effort to discover the source of the
strange sounds which have disturbed the tranquility of the
waters north of the island.

These sounds, which have been heard by renowned scuba divers
like Pep Amengual, "have no similarity with any other sounds
detected so far." The expedition's challenge is to record them
on the sea bottom and contrast them with other recordings made
on the surface a few weeks ago by Pedro Amoros, SEIP's
president, the organization headquartered in Alicante which has
operated for some 15 years and which is experienced in such
paranormal phenomena such as the "faces of Belmez", the Zaragoza
goblin and the fraudulent spirits of the Linares Palace.

Made up of four scuba divers and headed by technician Javier
Rodrigurez and SEIP's coordinator, Jose Castro, researchers
began their dives on Saturday at Cala Tuent. "We chose this area
because it was here, from his boat, that Amoros was able to hear
a sort of explosion fo bubbles twenty days ago--a sound that
appeared to have a metallic origin, with a fixed frequency."

In order to destermine their causes, and having discarded the
hypothesis that their source was "oil prospecting on the coasts
of Tarragona or the presence of an underwater volcanic area,"
the submariners' made a 3-hour dive at a depth of 21 meters,
some 300 meters from the northern shore.

"We placed a conventional microphone in the water to search for
any interesting sound, but we found nothing strange. A first we
did think we'd come across something, but we finally realized it
was a ship passing over us. Sounds are very confusing
underwater," apologizes Castro. The team regrets the high cost
of this type of research. "We would like to have a hydrophone,
but they are very expensive and are only manufactured for the
military. The truth is that we have had other problems with
conventional mikes, since water has gotten into them and they're
worth a lot of money."

Without allowing disillusionment to grip the expedition, Castro
and his team headed to Soller yesterday looking for persons who
could provide them with clues. "National Geographic [teams] take
a month to find a fish, so we know that we aren't going to solve
this mystery in two days."

"This is like a legend. Many people tell you that they've heard
talk about these sounds, but you can never find anyone who can
talk about them," complains Javier Rodriguez. "In Soller, we
spoke to a girl who dives three times a day six months a year.
She has never heard anything unusual," adds Fernando Ponce, a
scuba diver. In any event, and guided by their curiosity, [the
group's] Zodiac headed for Sa Cova del Moro, near Port de
Soller. "It's still too soon to draw conclusions. We must
contrast evidence, perform interviews, listen to recordings,
analyze their sound and clean it up, which will take us some 20
days. Within weeks, SEIP hopes to have the cooperation of the
Special Sub-Aquatinc Activyt Group of the Guardia Civil to
pursue the recordings and take soil samples in order to solve an
enigma which due to its "sporadic, ephemeral and spontaneous
nature" merits classification as a "paranormal phenomenon".


Translation (C) 2002 Scott Corrales IHU
Special thanks to Jordi Ardanuy

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