Do you believe in unidentified flying objects, UFOs? Well, I guess you have to admit they are real, by which, I mean they are really unidentified… flying… objects. Whether they are extraterrestrial, misidentifications, or secret government projects, is another question. What about underwater UFOs? I can see how someone might mistake a regular plane, caught at the wrong angle, for a strange out-of-this-world flying vehicle, but what about something strange coming out of the ocean? Do we really know all the secrets that remain deep in the ocean’s depths? The Pacific Ocean, the largest of our oceans, covers 165,000,000 square kilometers, and reaches depths of over 6,000 fathoms (that’s 11 kilometers!). That basically means that no beam of sunshine could ever reach the bottom of the ocean. What could be hidden in those depths?
Could there be hidden extraterrestrial bases? Many people have reported sightings of unidentified submersible objects (USOs) travelling through the world’s oceans. Others have caught glimpses of strange UFOs that have risen out of the water. How any of these could possibly be misidentified planes is highly implausible, unless the world’s governments are working on flying submarine tech. It was noted author and biologist Dr. Ivan T. Sanderson who first suggested that it could be possible that an extraterrestrial presence on this planet could remain elusive by establishing bases at the bottom of the world’s oceans. According to his research, 50% of UFO sightings actually occur over, coming out of, or near bodies of water. Presented here are fifteen of the most incredible, best documented cases as evidence of the existence of these underwater UFOs.
15 Christopher Columbus, 1492
Famed Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, on his journey to the New World actually saw a UFO. He recorded it in his journals as he travelled through the dreaded Bermuda Triangle. It was October 11, 1492, and Columbus was sailing through one of the deepest parts of the Atlantic Ocean. After recording some magnetic anomalies, at about 10:00 P.M., Columbus saw a bright light in the distance. It moved about on the surface of the sea. He was standing on the deck of the Santa Maria and said the light appeared to vanish and reappear several times. Columbus recorded it looking like a “light of a wax candle moving up and down.” Though they would sight land soon after, the light could not have been a misidentified shore fire as Columbus reported that land was still far beyond the horizon. Additionally, he reported that the light, at times, could be seen below the water line, and then at the end, lifted off into the night sky.
14 Baltic Sea Anomaly, 2011
In June 2011, a Swedish-based salvage group, Ocean X, were searching the Baltic Sea when the happened upon a strange and fascinating formation, which has since been referred to as the Baltic Anomaly. This formation is a 60-meter (197 ft.) diameter circular structure on the ocean floor, lying at a depth of 85 meters (275 ft.). It is resting on a tall pillar and has what looks like a staircase, leading to a dark opening. Leading up to the structure appears to be what resembles a 300-meter (980 ft.) skid mark. No one knows what the formation is or how it got there. Is it some sort of vintage underwater base, or a sunken ancient craft? Whatever it is, it appears to be petrified solid. Further examination and research is planned and we can only hold our breath for the results of the investigation.
13 The Swedish Sighting, 2014
On October 17, 2014, off the coast of Stockholm, Sweden, only about 800 meters off shore, witnesses reported seeing a strange object moving through the Baltic Sea. Numerous reports were made to the authorities about the bizarre object that appeared to be moving just below the surface, with just a small portion seen occasionally rising above the water line. Believing a Russian submarine was operating in their territory, the Swedish Navy mobilized to hunt the object. By the time naval vessels reached the area, it had disappeared; however, some civilians were able to photograph the object from the shoreline. Swedish intelligence was unable to uncover any trace of a Russian submarine operation. Moscow denied having any ships in the area, which the American Navy was able to confirm. Naval vessels were able to locate marks along the sea floor in the area, created by something large and heavy skimming along the bottom. The sighting remains unexplained to this day.
12 The Lake Ontario UFO’s
In December 2013, The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), one of the oldest and largest civilian UFO-investigating organizations in the world, published a report from an investigation in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The eyewitness reported several curious, glowing orbs above Lake Ontario. This witness wasn’t the first to report the odd occurrence, as these strange lights have been reported several times in the past. Back in 1981, five witnesses were driving along Lake Ontario in the early evening and saw what they claim was a dome-shaped object flying over the water. They tried to follow the object along the shoreline for some time before the observed it descend into the water of the lake, where they lost sight of it. In fact, in 1977, the book The Great Lakes Triangle by Jay Gourley chronicles the many planes and people that have disappeared over Lake Ontario, as well as the many UFO sightings. Is this hotspot the location of some hidden UFO base?
11 The ‘Ghost Rockets’ of 1946
‘Ghost Rockets’ was the term used to describe a rash of sightings, seen throughout Europe, in 1946. These sightings were of fast-moving, rocket-shaped UFOs, estimated at approximately 4.5 meters (15 ft.) long, seen darting over the Baltic Sea. The first sightings were on February 26, 1946, but since then over 200 sightings have been recorded throughout the rest of that year. The origin of the strange rockets was never uncovered. Some investigators believed it simply to be misidentified meteor showers; however, the only recorded meteor activity was in August of that year. Additionally, meteors don’t display maneuverability such as these ‘Ghost Rockets.’ Some theorized it must’ve been Soviet testing of captured German missile technology, but an official investigation found no evidence to support that claim. Some of these objects were observed crashing into lakes, yet no debris was ever recovered. On July 19, 1945, one object crashed into Lake Kölmjärv, in Sweden. A three-week military investigation turned up no evidence, only an impact mark at the bottom of the lake.
10 Soviet Sub Encounters UFO Flotilla
In July 2009, Russia made an unprecedented move and declassified UFO documents from the Soviet-era. One such undated document reports that a Soviet submarine was on patrol and cruising at a depth of 243 meters (800 ft.). All of sudden, radar picked up six unknown objects, travelling in formation, heading towards the submarine at speeds of 230 knots (265 mph) and closing. The submarine, monitoring the unidentified objects’ trajectory, went on full-alert and manned their battle stations. When this occurs, a submarine routinely slows their speed. When they did, the objects suddenly slowed down as well. The crew was stunned and didn’t know what to make of the situation. The captain ordered an emergency surfacing. When they did, radar indicated the unidentified objects were rising as well. Officers scrambled to the periscope in hopes of seeing a glimpse of whatever was harassing them. Officers witnessed six unknown objects break the surface of the sea and take off into the sky, disappearing from view.
9 The Green Bay UFO
The area around Green Bay, off Lake Michigan, in fact the Great Lakes themselves, is a hotspot for UFO activity. One such report occurred as recently as November 28, 2016, when a huge object was seen emerging from Green Bay, near Little Suamico, Wisconsin. The witnesses were a group of friends and neighbors outside stargazing around 2:10 A.M. They all claim the immense triangular object rose out of the bay to about 152 meters (500 ft.) in the sky. One side of the craft was believed to about 30-45 meters in length. The whole drama unfolded only about 304 meters (1000 ft.) from them. One witness went on record claiming the object began moving at a speed of 35 knots (40 mph), and gave off a muffled jet sound. As it climbed from sea level, it turned on its side and traveled westbound, gaining elevation as it did until it vanished from sight. She further claimed the object appeared dark except for some blue flashing lights.
8 Operation Mainbrace, 1952
In 1952, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conducted the first large-scale naval exercise since World War II. It was called Operation: Mainbrace. The incredible operation involved 200 naval vessels from many member nations and was basically a show of strength to the Soviet Union. The entire operation was being led by the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Midway-class aircraft carrier of the U.S. Navy. On September 14th, in the North Sea, over a period of about two weeks, several officers and sailors aboard the Roosevelt witnessed unbelievable events. Documents in the military archives attest that dozen of sailors reported silvery triangle objects moving fast just above the water line towards the fleet, but then quickly vanished once the vessels went on alert. During one of the sightings, William Scott, a sailor on the Roosevelt, sketched the large hovering craft as it moved above the water. Were these crafts gauging our response or just checking to see that such a mobilization wasn’t a pretence for another world war?
7 The Lake Baikal Swimmers, 1982
Lake Baikal, located in Siberia, is surrounded by steep mountains and dense forests. It is about 30,000,000 years old and is the largest freshwater body, and the most ancient, in the world. With depths up to 1,500 meters (5000 feet), this massive lake holds 20% of the Earth’s unfrozen fresh water. There have also been many strange reports of UFO’s residing in the lake. Declassified Soviet documents record a naval investigation into what lies in the depths of Lake Baikal. Reportedly, in 1982, seven military divers went into the lake. They reported seeing some type of humanoid-looking beings, at a depth of about 45 meters (150 ft.). They were wearing silvery suits. They attempted to capture one of these creatures which caused the beings to react by unleashing an unknown force, expelling the divers to the surface, killing three of them. After that, allegedly General V. Demyanko, commander of the operation, informed Moscow that extreme danger awaited anyone who disturbed whatever dwells at the bottom of Lake Baikal.
6 Underwater Malibu Base
There was a rumor long ago that there was an underwater cavern off the coast of California that the government used for its submarines to travel between coasts, or that it was an alien base used to house UFOs. Now, sonar mapping of the ocean floor has actually discovered what appears to be a suspicious structure 600 meters (2000 ft.) below the surface, just 10 kilometers (6 miles) off the coast of Malibu! Measuring 5 kilometers (3 miles) wide, this structure has a flat oval-shaped top, and appears to have evenly-spaced pillars holding up the roof. Some say it is just an interesting natural rock formation, but many believe it is indeed artificial. Is it the entrance to an underwater UFO base? That is what a recent privately funded naval expedition hope to discover. Unfortunately, currents and the darkness of the deeps only allowed their remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to explore a very small area of the pillared-formation’s entrance. They were never able to venture inside, on this trip. Maybe one day soon, we’ll know.
5 The Brazilian Coast Sighting, 1967
Over the years, many eyewitnesses have reported immense, cigar-shaped crafts emerging from the oceans and flying off into the sky. In 1965, one such event was recorded in the logs by witnesses aboard the Norwegian ship, T.T. Jawesta. The Jawesta had their sighting on July 6th, around 2152 GMT (6:52 P.M., local time). Jawesta’s chief mate Torgrim Lien explained that he and several crew members saw a bright object in the sky rapidly approaching the ship. From the port side, they could see an intense blue light moving at incredible speed. The cigar-shaped object passed over the ship, at a height of only about 200 meters above them. It was enormous in size, resembled no known aircraft, and was incredibly brightly lit in golden-orange, a bluish tint near the rear of the object. The object was only visible for about 30-40 seconds and made no sound as it passed over them. The port side lookout believed the object had risen out from the ocean itself. Captain H.A. Trovik certified the signed log and submitted it.
4 The U.S.S. Memphis Encounter
On October 24, 1989, the crew aboard the submarine U.S.S. Memphis began to experience electrical malfunctions and a loss of navigation control. They were off the Florida coast and it was decided safest to stop the sub. No cause could be found for the issues, so the captain ordered the nuclear reactor to be shut down, switch to diesel engines, and surface the sub. Once above water, the surface watch noticed a bright red light illuminating the otherwise dark, rainy night. They saw it was actually coming from a large, inverted V-shaped object hovering just off the port side. The captain ordered a distance measurement and, using a laser range-finder, the object was found to be 200 meters at the closest point, and 1000 meters at the farthest point, making it an incredible 800 meters (half-mile) across in size! The object made a half-circle around the sub, passing across the stern, causing electrical interference as it did. The object then moved off at remarkable speed, being out of sight within seconds. The sub’s systems then returned to normal. The military was never able to explain the incident.
3 The Strange Case of the U.S.S. Trepang
In 2015, a French magazine published photos reportedly taken and leaked from a 1971 American naval mission in the Arctic Circle. The photos were shocking and reportedly had never been seen before. They depicted an unidentified flying object, cigar-shaped and surrounded by a smoky mist, hovering above the ocean. The object then turns upward, revealing a triangular shape, before diving beneath the waves. The photos appeared to have been taken from the view of a submarine periscope. An investigator discovered that the photos were allegedly taken from the U.S.S. Trepang back in March 1971, while on a mission in the Arctic Ocean. Records indicate the vessel was indeed reported in that area at the time, with Rear Admiral Dean R. Sackett, Jr., commanding. Sackett was contacted but refused to acknowledge the photos’ existence. The sighting was reportedly made by John Klika who saw the strange object through the sub’s periscope. Klika also denied seeing anything unusual. Some believe the photos depict an experimental aircraft, the Aereon 26; however, test pilots and aviation experts freely admit any testing of that craft in the Arctic Circle would have been problematic and unwise.
2 The Palos Verdes Peninsula Sightings
For many years, witnesses have reported seeing UFOs in the vicinity of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California. Many have been seen inexplicable things coming out of the water in the San Pedro Channel. Strange blue and green lights have been seen over the channel for decades. Often, multiple lights can be seen skimming the ocean’s surface not even a kilometer from the coastline. In 1992, a kayaker was just about 6 kilometers off the peninsula when he viewed a waterspout forming just a few hundred meters away. As he watched, the funnel stopped rotating and the mist around the spout faded away revealing what appeared to be a rotating column of solid ice. He stared in astonishment and estimated the ice column’s height to about 30-45 meters (100-150 ft.). The column collapsed back into the ocean, but the kayaker was able to find floating fragments of ice, some with fish frozen within. The occurrence was never explained. That area has now been marked as restricted as there are many “No Trespassing” signs posted. What lurks below in Palos Verdes?
1 Shag Harbour – Canada’s Roswell
It’s been referred to as “Canada’s Roswell,” and has been reported as the strongest evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial visitation in Canada. The sighting occurred at Shag Harbour, a small fishing port in Novia Scotia, late in the evening of October 4, 1967. Residents reported a large object, with a row of bright lights, crashing into the water of the harbor. Officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and at least six civilians witnessed what was at first believed to have been an airplane crash. From the shoreline, police reported a shining light on the surface of the water below slowly descending into the depths. Search boats then reported a large patch of thick, unexplainable, yellow foam where the object was located. Some could still the faintness of strange lights as it moved through the deep. The Canadian government conducted a 3-day underwater search of the area, but failed to locate any object or debris. The sighting remains unsolved.
Sources: franciscan-archive.org, ancientufo.org, edn.com, express.co.uk, ufoevidence.org, directexpose.com, roswellproof.com, waterufo.net