The internet is buzzing over strange red glowing lights reportedly photographed by a pilot this month as he flew over the Atlantic Ocean, sparking some to compare the unusual display to a “watergate” portal leading to the Upside Down in Netflix’s Stranger Things.
Three stunning photos of the phenomenon were posted to Reddit on July 22, showing a fiery red glow over the ocean that cannot be easily explained. The caption of the post claimed the pilot who took them says “he’s never seen anything like it.”
Of course, Redditors scrambled to solve the mystery, sparking all kinds of gossip across the internet about what is really happening here.
“Maybe fishing vessels have never clustered so much to concentrate so much light? Three possible scenarios. 1. Fish populations down to small concentrations. 2. Chinese fishing boats have fished out the Pacific and are now factory fishing in the Atlantic. 3. Atlantic-based fishing boats have adopted China’s factory fishing strategy. None of these are good outcomes. Good luck to those fish,” said one Redditor.
“Dustin’s trying to open up a portal to the upside down – It is literally a watergate,” said another.
Others speculated the red glowing lights could be aliens, or even the end of times.
“If I’m not wrong, the first DOOM game was set in 2022, so this is it. There comes the demons. There is the end…” another commenter said.
“Don’t worry it’s just the pits of hell staring back at you.”
“It’s so hot the ocean is getting wildfires now.”
Without a doubt, one of the most popular comparisons was to a scene from season four of Stranger Things, where a “watergate” portal opens up at Lovers Lake in the town of Hawkins.
So far, the alleged pilot responsible for the photographs has remained anonymous. Without closer examination, the cause cannot be known for certain.
A Similar Phenomenon in 2014
As it turns out, a similar sighting was spotted over the Pacific Ocean in 2014 by pilot JPC Van Heijst.
“In the night of 24-25 August 2014, I flew a 747-8 from Hong Kong to Anchorage. While flying over the vast Pacific Ocean, somewhere southeast of the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula, I had one of the strangest experiences of my life. Around five hours into our flight with Japan a long time behind us, we were cruising at a comfortable 34.000 ft with about four and half hours to go towards Alaska. Over the radio, we heard Air Traffic Control talking to other planes that were heading for the US West Coast about diversions due to major earthquakes in San Francisco,” wrote the pilot.
“I noticed a deep red/orange glow appearing ahead of us, and this was confirmed when I looked at preview of the photos on the back of my camera. There was supposed to be nothing but endless ocean below for hundreds of miles around us. They initially appeared as a distant city or group of typical Asian squid fishing boats, but this did not make sense in this area. The lights we saw were much larger in size than your average city or group of boats, but they also glowed red and orange, instead of the normal yellow and white that cities or ships would produce,” the pilot described.
“The closer we got, the more intense the glow became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us in a scary orange glow that you would expect with a massive fire on the ground. In a part of the world where there was supposed to be nothing but water.”
And an even more recent “red glowing lights” incident—also shared to Reddit—was photographed in 2020 by another pilot flying over the Pacific Ocean.
Is this the same phenomenon photographed over the Atlantic Ocean in July 2022?
And if that’s true—why haven’t these strange red glowing lights been seen more frequently?
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