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Sunday, January 24, 2010

LINDSAY SELBY: The Kon Tiki monster

I have always been fascinated by the stories from the Kon-Tiki expedition about their encounters on the sea. I especially loved this one about the strange phosphorescent creatures that appeared at night (see extracts; you can click on them to make them bigger)

I wondered whether they were giant jelly fish or some strange unknown creature that would only be encountered by sea-going craft that didn’t have engines; in other words, sailed fairly silently. Maybe the creatures no longer exist, extinct like so many others without even being named. Whatever the answer, it is a great imagination mover, reading the book, and well worth a revisit. I had forgotten so much about it until I reread it recently but the strange night creatures had always stuck in my head.

Extracts from The Kon-Tiki Expedition Thor Heyerdahl 1974 ed. George Allen & Unwin pub London.

1 comment:

Richie said...

I read this book when I was a freshamn in high school. I loved it and any of Jaques Cousteau's work.