Ghost Lights or Marfa Lights Alive?

The Modern Pterosaur blog by Norman Huntington (a pseudonym used by author Jonathan Whitcomb) has another post about Marfa Lights, this one about the improbability of those lights being caused by ghosts, not that many people actually believe in that. The expression “ghost lights” has been just an expression, not to be taken seriously.

. . . this idea that ghost lights are actually ghosts, that Marfa Lights are from spirits of the dead who come to this part of Texas to glow and fly around. Assuming ghosts regularly make bright light, which I do not believe, why would they fly over those empty fields around Marfa, Texas? If there were something about a location that attracted ghosts, would it not be a specific location like a house? Why do CE-III Marfa Lights fly over such a large area?

It also mentions how unlikely it would be for ghosts to consistantly visit those fields near Marfa, for so many years, but never stay very long. The strange flying lights hang around for only one or two nights, then disappear for weeks on end. This would be expected of a group of bioluminescent predators that return regularly to various territories in southwest Texas and Mexico. But it makes no sense for ghosts.

Are Marfa Lights Nocturnal Scavengers?

Huntington/Whitcomb, in this other post, mentions how Marfa Lights may be scavengers, taking the place of vultures but at night. He mentions that bats may not be the only things eaten by the predators, and compares the flying lights of Texas with the kongamato of Africa and the ropen of Papua New Guinea.

 There is nothing unscientific about the hypothesis that Marfa Lights are caused by the bioluminescence of flying predators.

More About Marfa Lights

On another post by Huntington/Whitcomb, he mentions some researchers, including James Bunnell, and Edson Hendricks. Also a press release “Unmasking a Flying Predator in Texas.”

I know that James Bunnell of Texas and Edson Hendricks of California have done extensive studies of the more mysterious Marfa Lights. Both men seem to be well educated in science, with years of experience in their respective fields. Yet it has been pointed out that neither one is a biologist, and the conjectures and hypotheses of bioluminescence in Marfa Lights calls for a biologist.

Some people ascribe the most active and mysterious lights as supernatural. The problem with that assumption is that it can color how we interpret details about the sightings. Marfa Lights, the ones called “CE-III” by James Bunnell, are mysterious, to be sure. But the degree of weirdness may relate to the assumption that they come from non-living energy sources like, or related to, earth lights or ball lightening or Northern Lights. But when we consider the predator theory, the lights no longer appear so weird, though they remain exciting as a potential discovery for science.

As a review, I have written about Marfa Lights before:

Headlights and Hard Heads Knocking Marfa Lights

So why do some blog writers and blog-post commenters still insist that all mysterious lights seen around Marfa are from car headlights? What could it be other than careless thinking? For those who would like to really learn the truth about what is known and about the possibility (however probable or improbable) of Marfa Lights coming from large bioluminescent flying predators, read one or both of these nonfiction books: Hunting Marfa Lights by James Bunnell and Live Pterosaurs in America, second edition, by Jonathan David Whitcomb.

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