Go Back Report # 312

 

07-05-1965                           MISIDENTIFICATION           

The case:       

Speeding Object Seen Underwater off Florida        

Scientist May Have Obtained Picture of Pear-Shaped Form Moving in Gulf Stream


       FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) ---A marine scientist planning to explore the Gulf Stream’s depths says he detected and may have photographed a fast moving, unidentified object on the bottom of the warm-water stream that flows from the Florida Keys north to Newfoundland and thence to northern Europe.      
      Capt. L. Jacques Nicholas, project coordinator, said Dr. Dmitri Rebikoff of Chicago conducted one-man submarine operations for 10 days gathering data at 90 to 100 foot depths for Dr. Jacques Picccard’s projected cruise under the Gulf Stream.     

Pear-shaped Object

     Nicholas said Rebikoff told him:    
       “Beneath the various schools of fish moving at approximately the same speed as the stream (3½ knots), there loomed a pear-shaped object.
       “At first from its size we thought it to be some form of shark. However, its direction and speed were too constant. It may have been running on robot pilot. We received no signal (from it) and therefore do not know what it was.”  
       Efforts were made to take pictures. The film was not processed immediately.   
       Nicholas said Rebikoff told him he was aware the area was a frequent route of heavily instrumented Russian fishing and hydrographic vessels.        

Construction Set

       The “man-in-ocean space” program of Piccard and associates, headquartered at Fort Pierce, said Piccard has reported construction will start this week at Montaye, near Lausanne, Switzerland, of a five-man, 31-foot submarine to explore the gulf depths and the continental shelf.     
       Piccard said in April that one objective would be to see whether the Soviets have installations along the continental shelf.        

Reference for the above text is: The Los Angeles Times, July 06, 1965.       

THE ANSWER:

Sea Object Called a Ray

        CHICAGO, July 6 (AP) --- A marine scientist said today that a large, unidentified object photographed in the Gulf Stream recently was a ray— a huge, flat fish that drifts with warm streams.  
       The scientist, Dr. Dimitri Rebikoff, head of Rebikoff Oceanics, Inc., of Chicago, said the ray is one of the many kinds of sea life that drift with the Gulf Stream as it flows from the Florida Keys north to Newfoundland and then to Europe.            
       A participant in the underwater photography project said yesterday in Fort Pierce, Fla., that he thought Rebikoff might have photographed a man-made object.         
       Rebikoff said the developed photographs positively identified the object as a species of stingray.        

Reference for the above text is: The Washington Post, July 7, 1965

UFOCAT PRN – 76763 [DOS: 07-05-1965 unless otherwise shown]
UFOCAT URN – NONE    The Los Angeles Times, July 06, 1965
UFOCAT URN – NONE   The Washington Post, July 06, 1965   
UFOCAT URN – NONE   The Washington Post, July 07, 1965   
UFOCAT URN – NONE   Identified Flying Saucers by Robert Loftin, p. 38, © 1968      
UFOCAT URN – 076763 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 57, © 1970       
UFOCAT URN – NONE   Shadow of the Unknown by Coral Lorenzen, p. 85, © 1970 [DOS: 07-EE-1965]         
UFOCAT URN – 141789 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0412, © 1980
UFOCAT URN – 038865 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1721 by L. Schoenherr, no © date
UFOCAT URN – 165446 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, © 2002      

UFOCAT PRN – 81382          
UFOCAT URN – 081382 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 57, © 1970       
[Date of sighting: 07-07-1965] Same ref. as above (URN 076763), so this date must be in error.]   

North America – United States, Florida           
Fort Pierce – Latitude 27-27 N, Longitude 80-20 W (D-M)       
Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington, D.C., 1990       



 



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