Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Swimming Idol - Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I received the following email from Tony P. in reference to a very unusual sighting:

I would like to tell you about something I experienced during my honeymoon in Isla Mujeres, Mexico in 1989.

I was with my wife and another couple, sitting at a waterfront restaurant overlooking the shallow bay between Isla Mujeres and Cancun on the mainland. Only five miles long and less than a mile wide, Isla Mujeres is a rocky expanse of limestone and scrub vegetation dotted with a few small resort hotels and white sand beaches. There are a few remnants of Mayan structures still evident in the center part of the island, some containing small carvings of Mayan deities or idols.

As we were sitting enjoying the balmy weather, I spotted something unusual about 150 yards offshore, moving slowly but steadily across the gentle waves of the bay toward the mainland. I strained to see what it was, but couldn't quite make it out. It almost looked like an animal's head sticking out of the water, but I could detect no paddling or other limb motion that would explain its slow, steady progress across the bay. I considered for a moment that it might be one of the island's ubiquitous iguanas paddling across to the mainland, but quickly dismissed that possibility due to the upright and squarish aspect of the moving shape. I also considered whether it could be a piece of driftwood that was being blown across the bay by a light wind or current, but it did not appear to bob or move erratically like a piece of driftwood or flotsam would. Its forward progress appeared to be steady and purposeful, as if propelled by something - fins or limbs of some kind - just under the surface of the water.

I pointed this out to Lincoln, the fellow that was sitting with us, asking if he could make out whether it was a living creature or something inanimate being pushed across the surface. Having told us earlier that he had very acute vision (20/10), I expected that he would be able to make it out, and he did. He hesitated for a moment, then announced in an incredulous tone that it appeared to be a small, vaguely human-like head and shoulders facing the mainland as it moved slowly across the surface of the water toward the mainland. He stood up to get a better look, then said, "you won't believe this, but it looks like a small stone idol moving through the water." Judging from the distance, the visible portion above the surface appeared to him to be about a foot tall. Neither my wife nor Lincoln's lady friend could make it out, but they could see that something was moving across the water.

We all challenged Lincoln - accusing him of pulling our leg, but he insisted he was not kidding at all, and we all looked at each other in amazement, wondering what it was that we had just experienced. Lincoln tried to keep it in view as it moved away, getting smaller as it went, and he indicated that it eventually disappeared from view as it approached the surf of the distant shoreline. He said the shoreline was too far away to determine if anything exited the water in that vicinity. We all laughed nervously about it, but I'm sure all of us were a bit spooked by the experience.

I certainly will never forget it.

Lon, have you ever heard reports of idols or statues appearing to move on their own?


Tony P.

NOTE: Tony is requesting feedback from anyone who may have experienced a similar incident...Lon

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