This blog has been created to inform the public about the UFO subject. It also contains peripheral phenomena. Created by Aileen Garoutte, previously Director of The UFO Contact Center International.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


UFO FILES:Deep Sea UFOsThe History Channel, Sunday, 16thJuly, 2006

After a break of several months, The History Channel’s excellent series, UFO Files, returned to the airwaves with a show about Unidentified Submerged Objects (USOs). This is an aspect of the UFO phenomenon that is rarely reported, yet is more common than one may realise. Only recently, an object was spotted entering the ocean off the South African coast, reinforcing the views of many that UFOs are at home flying either in the sky or under the sea. As the Earth is 75% covered with water, it makes sense that unexplained objects are seen either on or beneath the sea and this programme explores the possibilities not only of alien activity under the surf, but also of what submersibles we may be able to create that might match the characteristics of the reported sightings.

The Santa Catalina Channel separates mainland California from the island of Catalina. This stretch of water is as deep as Mount Everest is high and objects have been seen both entering the water and emerging. Preston Dennett is a California UFO researcher who has written several books on the subject (one of which, Extraterrestrial Visitations, will bereviewed in a future issue of UFO Data Magazine). He explained that in 1992, hundreds of unexplained objects were sighted near the Santa Monica Mountains. Many of these objects were seen, not descending from the sky, but rising up, as though emerging from the water nearby. Over two hundred craft were seen emerging silently from the ocean on June 14th, 1992. They hovered for several seconds before shooting off into the sky. Witnesses filed reports with the police as far away as Malibu. The programme then played an actual recording of a phone call by a witness to the police. The caller almost sounded ashamed to be reporting what he had seen. Unfortunately, we did not hear the police officer’s response. The wealth of reports filtered up to the US Coast Guard, but they refused a request to search the area of the sightings.

In 1989, a large object was seen by multiple witnesses (and picked up on sonar) resting on the surface of the water in the Pacific Ocean. It released several, smaller objects before submerging. It was tracked on sonar heading south towards the Santa Catalina Channel before disappearing.

Several researchers, such as Bill Birnes and Stanton Friedman, continue to investigate reports of USOs, assessing their intentions and/or threat level. It seems that one thing that USOs do more regularly than UFOs is to ‘split apart’ or release large numbers of smaller craft. UFOs have been known to do this also, but with the underwater variety, it seems more common.

In 1960, the Argentinean Navy tracked two unidentified submerged objects in the Golfo Nuevo, 650 miles south of Buenos Aires. At first it was thought that they were US submarines, but then they appeared to break apart and fly out of the water. Paul Stonehill, co-author with Philip Mantle of UFO-USSR, explained how the objects simply emerged from the water and vanished. Paul went on to tell us that the Soviet leader at the time, Nikita Khrushchev, was so impressed with the report that he ordered his representative in Buenos Aires to find out more about the event. Sceptics suggest that what was seen were submarines firing torpedoes, but it has been noted that in 1960, the firing of six or more torpedoes simultaneously was not possible.

In March, 1963, American submarines were involved in exercises, with a fleet of surface ships, a hundred miles off the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. One of the subs broke off from its assigned course and began pursuing an unidentified object that their scopes told them was travelling in excess of 150 knots at a depth of 20,000 feet!

Bruce Maccabee told us that such speeds and depths were, and still are, impossible for today’s submersibles, with the crush depth for submarines being about 7,000 feet. The USO was tracked for four days by the carrier group, with the object moving at impossible speeds before stopping. Reports were sent to CINCLANT (Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Command), but no determination was made as to the nature of the unidentified craft. Stanton Friedman pointed out that when UFOs are spotted in the sky, people see them and report them, but when a deep sea object is sighted, it is usually only the navy that makes out a report and we never learn anything beyond that. We are then shown a clip from a newsreel, informing us that US Navy experimental balloons are the sole cause of ‘flying saucer’ sightings. Nice try, chaps!

November 11th, 1972, and the Norwegian Navy began tracking a USO for two weeks in the Sognefjord, one of the longest and deepest fjords in the world. A fleet of ships and submarine-hunting helicopters were tasked with locating the object. On November 20th, the object was seen exiting the water. It was described as ‘a massive, silent, cigar-shaped object’. One of the ships opened fire on the object, but it simply sank back down beneath the waves. Depth charges were dropped to no avail. Then a plan was drawn up to blockade the fjord and trap the USO, but the object disappeared.

On 11th October, 1492, the ship carrying Christopher Columbus, the Santa Maria, passed over what we now know is one of the deepest parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It is also inside the infamous Bermuda Triangle. Strange lights were seen flashing deep under the water. Then a large, disc-shaped object rose out of the water and sped off into the night sky. A few, short hours later, Columbus would discover the New World.

USO researcher, Carl Feindt, explained how Columbus’ log described the object as being like ‘the flickering of a wax candle’, rising and falling. Camp fires on the shore could not be used as an explanation, as land was far beyond the horizon. Indeed, Columbus’ log books describe many bizarre occurrences witnessed during their long voyage to new lands. These included seeing birds that should not have been far from land, yet they were far out to sea, a heavy mast, weighing 120 tons, floating in the ocean (they were the first European ships out there, remember) and stars that danced around the sky.

In 329BC, the army of Alexander the Great encountered two, silver discs that emerged from the Jaxartes River in India. It is said that he was so impressed by this sight that he spent six years exploring the river in the world’s first diving bell! Some suggest, though, that Alexander was not searching for USOs, but for the fabled land of Atlantis. Over the years, the legend of Atlantis has diversified from being a philosophical tale about the dangers of man’s vanities to becoming a myth of a lost civilisation that utilises advanced technology to survive beneath the ocean. Some even suggest that the Atlanteans themselves were extraterrestrials.

Sticking with the ancient world, Paul Stonehill returned to tell us about inscriptions at Abydos in Egypt that resemble a submarine and a helicopter (he missed out the fighter jet!). Sorry to burst Paul’s bubble here, but those glyphs are what is known as a palimpsest, where hieroglyphics are carved over the top of old ones (after the previous ones were plastered over). Years later, the plaster has fallen off to reveal the mixed-up carvings. Nothing to do with ancient technology, I'm afraid…

In 1067AD, a ‘flaming object’ was seen to enter the sea off the English coast, then it remerged before sinking below the waves once more.

On August 1st, 1904, the cargo ship, Mohican, on its way to Philadelphia, was ‘enshrouded in a strange, metallic vapour that glowed like phosphorous’. Carl Feindt has researched this case and said that the ‘cloud’ approached the ship from across the ocean. As it enveloped his vessel, the captain tried to busy his crew, but nothing could be moved while the vapour surrounded them. The ship’s compass spun wildly and the decks became magnetised.

On October 4th, 1967, at about 11:20pm, one of the most famous USO cases in history occurred in the Nova Scotia town of Shag Harbour. This small community has become known as the Canadian Roswell in recent years and the case is interesting because not only were there multiple eyewitnesses, but there are government documents verifying that something fell into the ocean that night. Chris Styles, co-author of the book, Dark Object, took up the story. At the time of the incident, nobody thought that what entered the water was a UFO. It was generally assumed that an aircraft had gone down and a search began for possible survivors. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) searched the ‘crash site’ in boats until 3am, finding nothing. Later, Canadian Navy divers arrived and they, too, began searching beneath the water. Eventually, an official report was filed, labelling what had crashed into the sea as a ‘UFO’. The report stated that the object had travelled from south to north along the coastline before entering the water off Shag Harbour. RCMP officers on the shoreline watched the object travelling under the surface, leaving a trail of foam in the water. Later, reports emerged that a second craft had entered the water to rendezvous with the first object. Styles claimed that the authorities knew exactly where the objects were and that the second craft assisted the first in moving towards the Gulf of Maine, where they both broke the surface and flew away. In fact, a photograph exists of two objects leaving the water of Shag Harbour and flying off. The official report clearly states that what crashed into Shag Harbour was ‘no known object’.

The island of Puerto Rico is generally considered to be the Americas’ greatest hotspot for USO sightings. Local group, Project Argus, took us to the Laguna Cartagena, a wildlife reserve in the south-west of the island. It is also a major hotspot for USO activity. On October 8th, 2002, at about 9:30pm, local police officer and Argus member, Carlos Torres saw a red, glowing USO flash out of the Laguna Cartagena. It then hovered just above the surface for several minutes before crashing back into the lake. November 20th, 2004, produced what may be a video of the object emerging from the lagoon and flying away. Another Argus member shot the night vision footage of what appears to be a rotating, disc-shaped craft.

Route 303 has officially become Puerto Rico’s ‘Extraterrestrial Highway’. This happened after a 1997 incident in which a UFO was said to crash nearby, leaving scorched ground and many bemused witnesses. Researchers on the island are suspicious of US Navy research balloons that are launched regularly over the Lajas region. They claim that their real function is to observe UFO and USO activity. Project Argus claim that government documents exist that secret investigations took place into UFO and USO activity in the region, but the conclusions were that the objects posed no threat. Some researchers believe that a major USO base exists in the deep waters off Cabo Rojo, west of Lajas, with submerged caverns that might reach all the way to the Laguna Cartagena.

In 1969, sailors aboard the USS Calcaterra witnessed a USO that displayed remarkable properties in the frozen waters of Antarctica. They reported a huge, submarine-shaped object burst from beneath the thick ice and rocket into the sky.

Revered Russian researcher, Vladimir Ajaja, told of an incident that happened near Leningrad in the winter of 1976. A USO crashed down through the ice, manoeuvred underwater before breaking back through.

Carl Feindt reported that USOs appear to melt the ice they break through, leaving a clean hole, rather than smashing their way, sending chunks flying in all directions, as a meteorite would (plus meteorites don’t generally re-emerge and fly away!).

In 1988, famous (or infamous, depending upon one’s viewpoint) UFO photographer, Ed Walters snapped an image of a USO in Gulf Breeze atop what appears to be a waterspout. This has caused some researchers to suggest that UFOs/USOs use water as a fuel source.

There have been other reports of unidentified craft sucking up water from lakes and reservoirs. Theoretically, electromagnetic propulsion could allow submersibles to travel at great speeds underwater. An EM field around a craft would reduce drag, thus allowing it to perform manoeuvres impossible for traditional submarines. The US Navy actually experimented with an EM sub in the 1960s, with a degree of success. Marko Princevac, of the University of California Riverside, has created an experiment, devised to prove that supersonic propulsion underwater is possible. He found that a streamlined object would move underwater better than, say, a cube… duh! Princevac’s data shows that, while an aircraft travelling at Mach 1 requires 15,000 horsepower of energy, a submersible travelling at the same speed would require over 1 million horsepower. At the moment we do not have the technology to build such an engine that would work beneath the sea.

Deep Sea UFOs was another great episode from UFO Files, with some excellent graphics and informative interviews. So now, we not only have to watch the skies, we must keep our other eye on the seas!


  • At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi my name is brad hahn of missouri, it was early in the morning i was going deer hunting it was still dark out side i happened to notice a bright light behind me, it looked like a porch lite on a house then i realized that there wasnt a house in miles and the light started to fade in and out, then the light started zig zaging through the sky faster than i could ever even imagine. I forgot about it, later that day my brother that was hunting a couple thousands of yards away said he saw a light in the sky and he watched it for a few minutes he was astauntished that he saw a ufo

  • At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    IN 1981 we were on the beach in Ft Bragg California in the middle of the day. There was a huge cigar shaped ufo sucking water out of the ocean. The water was at least 50 ft wide going up into the ufo for a long time. The water never came back out. It stopped sucking the water up and flew right over our heads. It was silent.

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  • At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Robert Armstrong said…

    I was in the U.S. Navy back in 1971-72 and my ship was on operations in the Bermuda Triangle for several days. My watch station was to maintain the status board on the bridge. This recorded the ships present, their speed, and intersection to us. There was little to no activity in the area, so I would go to the flying and watching the phosphorescent sea weed sparkle as the wake of the ship disturbed it.
    My eye caught what looked like an underwater disk, as if it were on a rheostat, grow brighter, and then fade. I reported it to the lookouts, but no one noticed it. I kept looking and in a few minutes a second disk like the first glowed. This was amazing. I kept watching. Next the entire side of the destroyer escort glowed in a half circle of light, just as the two before. We were directly on top of what ever it was.
    I have heard of gas bubbles coming to the surface, but this was not a bubble. Nothing broke the surface.
    Hope this info is helpful to someone in their research. I know what I saw.

  • At 12:05 AM, Blogger HansK said…

    when I was maybe eleven or twelve my brother and I were standing on a bluff up above the ocean somewhere between Laguna beach and Dana Point, staring out at the horizon just as the the sun went down, and as it got darker I recall seeing a "disk" of light lighting up just off shore as though it were some diver looking around on the reef with a light or something. I said "Look! what's that light out there?" and then it blinked out. In a little while(several minutes?) it blinked ON again, in a slightly different area. It continued this pattern, glowing and then stopping, moving around off shore maybe about 1,000 feet away (?). then it went out for along time (maybe 5-8 minutes??) and then it blinked on much further out this time and began moving very slowly out to sea... but quickly accelerated and just TOOK OFF really fast under water straight out to sea and deeper water, either diving or going so fast that it disappeared, or both. And I mean FAST. it completely freaked me out and I don't think my brother saw it when it took off, but it left me awestruck and pretty freaked out. I had never seen any boat go that fast, and this was UNDER water! I have thought about it a lot since then but never ran into anyone who believed me (or cared) I wondered if i was nuts, but now reading on here) I'm thinking I wasn't

  • At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If these things are, or contain Life Forms, then how can we justify things we have done such as shooting at them. We keep saying we'd be so civilized if we met intelligent extraterrestrials, but I think not. I believe our behavior speaks for itself. Se are simply frightened children with guns. We don't even know how to behave with our own children, much less people, or creatures from other worlds.

  • At 3:09 PM, Anonymous hkindt said…

    yes.. we are still fighting wars and we are still competi8ng and we are still so FEAR based... I can see just by the way I have been treated and held in contempt and marginalized by our so called "civilized" society that we would NOT be either kind or sane in our relations with aliens. Hell, we demonize and scapegoat whole swaths of our OWN people! No - I wouldn't blame any aliens if they just ignored us and kept on the down low.. they're far better off. We're (humanity/mankind) categorically nuts, as far as I can see, LOL

  • At 1:59 PM, Anonymous harry h said…

    in 1969 i was onboard the leander class frigate argonaut. coming south from a naval base in canada the entire ship lurched upwards as if goiong over a speed bump. this ship weighs approx 2,500 tons, being a sonar operator i was involved in looking to find what the cause could be. it wasn,t awhale,shoal of fish,even submerged trees, nothing was located as to the cause of this.this was probably aboutjuly -sept1969 to long to remember the dates exactly.

  • At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A rerun of the UFO files was just on History Channel. While the Alexander the Great tale was interesting, there is no history recording such an event. They report he saw USOs in 329 in India. Then supposedly he spent 6 years exploring the river.

    Alexander's travels are well documented. He didn't arrive in India till 327. He returned to Babylon in early 323 and died in June. Basically all he did in India was fight and march home.

    I conclude this is a hoax and raises doubts about the rest of the program.

  • At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Charles Del Campo said…

    There is no doubt that UFO's are real and that SETI possess such findings, yet it will never reveal them for fear of igniting a social pandemonium from religious dogmatic people!
    Check this link out: http://www.youtube.com/user/CharlesDelCampoTV#p/u/18/YPH4kRMV61k

    As a Ufologist, Author and Freelance Reporter I have traveled extensively to these hot-spot locations and Puerto Rico seems to possess the most unusual activity of unexplainable sightings. The USO are also active by el Yunque, close to Ceyba military base.
    Charles Del Campo

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  • At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    in 2001 a new and supposedly most accurate translation of Columbus' log was translated by Fuson. You can find a copy in the library.

    Regarding the lights, Columbus thought they were torches from fisherman or people on shore. The lights didn't fly away or disappear into the ocean. There was no craft.

    A few hours later they did spot land.

    Later he writes he thinks the lights were signs from God that land was close.

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  • At 2:03 PM, Anonymous John Schneider said…

    second hand report of uso backside of Catalina Island circa 1965:
    Gary, a friend of mine told me he was on a class camping trip on the backside of Santa Catalina Island, near a pier off deeper water. A glow from under the water became a glass like dome that arose and paused at the surface, revealing "horrible creatures" that were so strange that he began to cry. Gary was a plumber who was very no-non-sense in character and told me this in a calm, matter of fact manner.

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    On an overcast night with a ceiling of about 500 feet 4 or 5 fluorescent green doughnut shaped objects floated by above us. No sound, and very hard to estimate size or if it was one connected unit or a separate series of objects.

    My intuition kicked in and indicated the thing(s) were in our control. (?)
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