Highlighted in the glow of the stern light, the Amazon Queen's yellow, blue and red Colombian flag dances and gleam in a kaleidoscope of color.
Who is decapitating fisherman's bodies on the Amazon river?
Aug 15, 2005
May 10, 2004 17: 56 EST
"There is a legend on the Colombian Amazon about a strange light seen in the sky at night over Lake Tarapoto. Fisherman often won't remain on the lake at night after setting their nets, preferring to wait for the morning light before going out to retrieve their catch.
It is rumored decapitated fisherman's bodies have been found shortly after the appearance of the strange light. Some say pirates using scuba equipment ascend from the waters depths killing the unsuspecting fisherman. It is speculated the heads are sold for body parts in the United States.The lights beaming down from the sky laminates the lake giving it a green fluorescence for a short time before going out.
Last night at sunset two fisherman came to our boat asking for cigarettes.I could see they were curiously nervous about the Amazon Queen and our parabolic Hex-Beam antenna.They left when we said we had no smokes and because it was growing dark.
The next morning another fisherman came over and asked if we had any diesel fuel to spare as they had no electricity in the village and it was with diesel fuel that they filled their lamps. Oh,...he said, " I am the curaka, 'head man' of the tribe".
"The people of my village saw your boat at night and though you might be head hunters, but that is just a myth" he said. "I don't believe any of that".
I had thought about going to this Ticuna Indian village earlier to enquire about the history of their tribe. I decided to return another time and hoisted the anchor.
03 47' 46"S 070 25' 22W
I am glad I didn't shine my 2,000,000 candle power spot light on the village during the night. I will have to remember to talk to them next time and tell them about my spot light in advance so I don't perpetuate the myth.
Tonight the Queen is at anchor near the Ticuna Indian town of Puerto Narino.I can see the lights of the town about a mile to the east.There are fisherman out tonight but they all seem to keep their distance especially after sunset.
I have our stern and mast light on.
The winds are increasing which keeps the mosquitos away. Highlighted in the glow of the stern light, the Amazon Queen's yellow, blue and red Colombian flag dances and gleam in a kaleidoscope of color.
6 March 04
Position 03 46' 54" South 070 22' 40" West
Amazon Queen 14.347 MHz 13:00 UTC (8am EDT)
Moon Rise, 7:26 pm.
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