After note

The first evening of observations were met with a number of peculiarities. One in particular was noted among us. Around midnight, two members of the first shift suffered from sudden effects of lethargy. One member of the team complained having double vision - an effect he has never experienced before.

We changed shifts around 12.30 - 1.00am and two of our other crew members, Larraine and Phillip took watch until 4.30am. It wasn't until later did we realised that the instruments (EMF meter and Geiger counter) weren't handed over to the succeeding shift. It is worth noting that assignment of all equipment is a usual protocol.

The sighting and documentation of a UFO took place at 2.47am. Unfortunately, the video camera that was trained at the object inconveniently malfunctioned. Luckily, it switched on seconds before the encounter was over, hence the still image from the footage.

When the two reached base camp, they were surprised to learn that it was already 4.30am. Larraine and Phillip were under the impression that only ½ hour had lapsed and not 1 hour 43 minutes. Furthermore, the batteries in both torches and Phil's mobile phone were depleted.

As the news of the sighting alerted base camp, one member showed a total lack of enthusiasm (an unnatural reaction of an otherwise curious and enthusiastic character) while the other indicated symptoms of sleep paralysis (a condition that has never occurred to this member before).

After sunrise none of us were our usual selves. It was as if we had been induced by some form of intoxicant the night before and were living through its drowsy side effects the day after. By the way, no alcohol or other form of stimulant is permitted on any of our expeditions or night watches.

After analysing our recordings/documentations and recapping individual experiences, most of us had forgotten about the slight audible sound we heard during our night watch. This hardly detectable frequency came in pulses and would occasionally break for a while before continuing (or recycling) again. The awareness of this sound was credited to the unusual eerie silence. Despite the abundance of local fauna, not a sound was heard - not a trill or whirl … nothing.

It was this final assessment that led us to believe that the effects such as:


Infrasound is a frequency below the audibility of the human hearing range, 10 Hz to 20 Hz. Below 10 Hz is what we call loud infrasonic sound (0.5 Hz - 10 Hz). Psychologists believe that within this range the infrasonic vibrations can affect the vesicular, or the balancing system of the inner ear, causing the subject to have unusual sensations and conditions.

Studies have shown that just under 19 Hz (18.97 Hz) the human eyeball begins to resonate. This may well explain the double vision one crew member experienced during pre-encounter.

Natural occurring infrasonic sound can be generated by earthquakes, tsunamis and avalanches. Most animals are sensitive to infrasound and depending on the frequency it can act as a warning (it is worth noting that some animals use infrasonic sound to communicate). It is known that before the tsunami swept across Asia in December 2004, animals hibernated to the highlands to seek refuge from an approaching disaster.

In sight of this, it is not unreasonable to suggest that this eerie silence on the night before the encounter may have been a result of infrasound.

Infrasonic sound can travel over long distances and is less prone to interference than higher frequencies. Therefore the source can be at an undetectable location from the observer or observers. The subjects are consequently at the mercy of the source. At appropriate frequencies, certain conditions can be induced leaving the subject or subjects in a vulnerable state.

I would urge researchers who conduct night watches and embark on expeditions to obtain some form of sensor that can either amplify infrasonic sound to an audible range or register in a measurable form.

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