Oceanographers are used to studying the mysteries of the deep sea, but they have a new challenge on their hands: unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs). These are objects or events that appear in the sky and defy conventional explanation, such as the infamous “Tic Tac” video released by the Pentagon in 2017.
UAPs pose a problem for oceanographers because they often appear over or near the ocean, and sometimes even interact with the water. For example, some UAPs have been reported to dive into the ocean and emerge again, or create large waves or disturbances on the surface. These phenomena could have significant implications for the marine environment and the life forms that inhabit it.
However, studying UAPs is not easy for oceanographers, who face many challenges and limitations. One of them is the lack of data and evidence, as UAPs are often fleeting and unpredictable, and most of the available footage is low-quality or classified.
Another challenge is the stigma and skepticism that surround UAPs, which make it difficult for scientists to openly discuss them or secure funding for research.
Despite these obstacles, some oceanographers are curious and eager to learn more about UAPs and their possible connection to the ocean. One of them is Kevin Knuth, a former NASA scientist and a professor of physics at the University at Albany.
He is also a co-founder of the UAP Expedition Group, a team of scientists and explorers who plan to use advanced technology to monitor and document UAPs over the Pacific Ocean.
Knuth believes that UAPs could offer new insights into the physics of the ocean and the atmosphere, as well as the origin and evolution of life on Earth. He also thinks that UAPs could be a sign of intelligent life beyond our planet, and that we should try to communicate with them.
“I think we have a lot to learn from UAPs, both scientifically and philosophically,” Knuth told Inverse. “They could be a window into a whole new world that we don’t understand yet.”
Knuth is not alone in his quest to study UAPs from an oceanographic perspective. He is part of a growing network of scientists and experts who are collaborating and sharing information on UAPs through platforms like Sky Hub, a global network of sensors and cameras that collect and analyze UAP data.
Another expert who is interested in UAPs and their impact on the ocean is Christopher Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence and a member of To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, a group that investigates UAPs and promotes public awareness.
Mellon told Inverse that UAPs could pose a threat to national security and maritime safety, as they could interfere with military operations or civilian activities in the ocean. He also said that UAPs could reveal new aspects of the ocean that we are unaware of, such as hidden structures or ecosystems.
“We know very little about our own oceans,” Mellon said. “UAPs could be an indicator that there is much more going on beneath the surface than we realize.”
Mellon and Knuth agree that oceanographers and other researchers need to work together to overcome the challenges and limitations that hinder their progress, and shed more light on the mysterious phenomena that occur over our oceans.
“We need to be open-minded and curious, but also rigorous and skeptical,” Knuth said. “We need to use the best tools and methods we have, but also be ready to adapt and innovate. We need to be humble and respectful, but also bold and ambitious. We need to be scientists.”