Go Back Report # 417
04-26-1994

04-26-1994  
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UFO "TAKES A DRINK           
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APRIL 26, 1994 1:00 P.M.

[As presented by Edward Walters and Dr. Bruce Maccabee]
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The facts were close to absolute. The F-15 was about eighty-three hundred feet from me as it passed in front of the UFO, but the distance from the jet to the UFO was uncertain, and, therefore, the estimated thirty-foot diameter of the UFO was only a close approximation.

       Three months and two weeks later confirmation of the UFO size was established by yet another amazing sighting and photograph. Shoreline Park has been a UFO hot Spot for years, and the location of my house directly across the sound gave me a panoramic view. At about one o'clock in the afternoon on that Tuesday, I saw the UFO approach from out of the west on a sharp dive, an angle that appeared to be on a crash course with Santa Rosa Sound. Very close to the water, the UFO stopped on a dime.

       I was ill prepared. My video cameras were in disarray, with no tapes or charged battery. The film in my 35mm camera had been used shooting weekend family visitors playing at the beach. It was empty. I looked at the film indicator on the back of my Sun 600 Polaroid, two shots left. Outside, I ran to the far edge of the deck surrounding the swimming pool.

       The green tree line along the distant shore silhouetted the UFO that appeared no farther away than the red buoy marking the center of the channel. Below the UFO the water began to churn. Mist swirled into the air. A center plume of water shot up to the bottom of the UFO. It was a waterspout. The UFO moved slowly to the left and I aimed the camera and took Photo 49. Ten to fifteen seconds passed while I stared at this amazing scene. Suddenly the waterspout collapsed. The UFO angled off to the left, climbed at a sharp angle, and disappeared into the hazy sky.

       The UFO was the same in shape and size as the one that had encountered the F-15 fighters. Three separate times I had seen this same type of UFO, once recorded on video and twice captured on film. I knew I had the proof, proof that UFOs are real.

       Will the hard-core critics wave their hands and make up stories in an effort to distract you from the truth? Yes. Count on it. But when they do, remember to ask yourself if they present any evidence to support their stories. When they cry "hoax," the critics must present evidence, the same kind of proof they demand of-UFO witnesses. Ask them to re-create my videotapes of the UFO disappearing in the wink of an eye and you'll find that their stories are really nothing but a smoke screen. Those videotapes show real UFOs with unearthly technology and if reenacted in the same location, using the same 8mm camera, they are impossible to duplicate.

       It is my conclusion that the videotapes have absolute validity and together with the still photographs present a case that is undeniable: UFOs are real.        
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Sketch 1          “Waterspout UFO” of April 26

Artist’s impression of the UFO photographed by ed Walters.

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Photo 49         April 26, 1994                        Gulf Breeze, Florida

The distant UFO hovered over the Sound, creating a churning swirl

of water and what looked like a waterspout below the UFO.
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THE WATERSPOUT PHOTO [As presented by Dr. Bruce Maccabee]          
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I hadn't heard about any new sightings by Ed for several months (and that was OK by me; I had plenty of other sightings to work on) when, at about 3:30 P.M. on Tuesday, April 26, he called me to say that he had just seen and photographed the same UFO that he had first seen on November 23, 1993, and again on January 12, 1994. He described the April sighting as follows.

       He was sitting at his desk working at about 1:00 P.M. He happened to look toward the Sound through the windows in front of him and he noticed a shiny object moving downward through the sky from his left (west). It then slowed and came to a stop at an altitude that appeared to be just below the treetops on the north side of Santa Rosa Sound. It hovered or moved very slowly to the left at this low altitude over the water at a location north-northwest of him (336° azimuth; the direction to the UFO was nearly the same as the direction during the November 23, 1993, sighting but in that case the UFO was higher than the treetops.) He grabbed his 35mm camera with the telephoto lens but realized he had used all the film during a recent family beach picnic. He then grabbed his only other camera, a Polaroid Model 600 which he uses to take photographs at job sites. It had film. He ran out onto his deck. As he was preparing to take the picture he noticed a lot of disturbance of the water surface (waves, whitecaps, "chop") or a mist above the water surface below the UFO. Then he saw a thin line which appeared to be a waterspout rising upward and reaching the bottom of the UFO. He aimed the camera and took the picture. Within a few seconds the waterspout disappeared and the UFO zipped off to the left roughly in the direction from whence it came. As Ed pointed out to me, "It was a beautiful day. There should have been dozens of boats out there. However, there were none at the time of the sighting." Later, of course, there were boats going back and forth along the Sound.

       Since it was a Polaroid photo, Ed didn't have to wait for the picture to be developed (See Photo 49). He called me a couple of hours later and described the sighting and how the UFO appeared to the naked eye. He said he had looked at the photographic image using a magnifying glass but that he had considerable difficulty in seeing details because the

image was very small. He told me that the photo seemed to show the waterspout as a thin white line extending from the bottom of the UFO to the water. He also said he could see a white area at the water level below the UFO, and also a thin, dark line at water level. He speculated that the white area might be whitecaps or foam and that the dark line might be the shadow of the UFO on the water, since the sun was high at the time. I immediately pointed out that if the supposed shadow, or the white area, were actually on the water surface beneath the UFO, then it might be possible to determine the distance to it. I asked him to try to measure the distance between the image of the supposed shadow and the image of the distant shoreline (without. realizing just how tiny and blurred these images are!). He attempted to make measurements using a ruler with a 1/60-inch scale and I attempted to estimate the size of the UFO. Based on his measurements I estimated its distance at about 8,000 feet and its width at about 60 feet. (Subsequent analysis showed that Ed's measurements were in error by a fraction of 1/60 of an inch, which was not surprising considering how small the images are, and that the actual distance and size were about 1/2 of these values.) A day or so later Ed mailed me the photo for analysis.

       The analysis, which was carried out with high-quality optical, video, and computer-aided analytical equipment, provided the following information. The image is tiny (about 0.90 mm wide) but upon magnification is easily seen as a white object of unusual shape that is silhouetted against the trees along the shore on the north side of Santa Rosa Sound. Refer to Sketch 1 on page 7 of photo insert for what can best be called an "artist's impression" of the UFO since the actual photo does not have the sharply defined edges which appear in the illustration. However, the overall shape is quite distinct and is well represented in the drawing. The top of the UFO image appears to be approximately level with images of the tops of the distant trees, which are about 80 feet above the water. Since the camera was only about 13 feet above the water level, this means that the top of the UFO was lower than 80 feet. The upper portions of the UFO image are brighter than the lower portions, which is consistent with the solar, illumination (clear day; solar azimuth about 190° elevation about 75°). The UFO appears to have an elliptical or egg-shaped top surface, an elliptical or spherical bottom surface, and a thick, horizontal center portion. This center portion might consist of numerous small oval or spherical objects similar to the "outboard fuel tanks" that appear in the second January 12 photo mentioned above. Unfortunately, the quality of this photo is much poorer than the quality of the January 12 photo, and this makes it impossible to discern fine details of the construction of the UFO. There is also a faint but rather thick vertical line that is darker than the rest of the UFO which crosses the horizontal center section near the right-hand side. Starting at the bottom of the central section is a thin white line that extends downward to a position that is clearly below (on the photo) the image of the distant shoreline. This suggests that whatever made the thin white line ended at the surface of the water underneath the UFO. The presence of this thin line appears to be consistent with Ed's description of a waterspout that rose up to the bottom of the UFO. Telephoto pictures taken from Ed's house and showing the far side of the Sound combined with an on-site investigation by me proved that there is no structure on the far shoreline or anywhere on Santa Rosa Sound that even remotely resembles either the UFO or the thin white vertical line that appears immediately below it.

       At the left side of the bottom of the "spout" is a small, rectangular white area (roughly 0.37 mm horizontal by 0.15 mm vertical measure) that is silhouetted against the blue water. The bottom of this white image clearly appears below the level of the distant waterline. Because the sun was not directly overhead, but rather at a 75° elevation, direct sunlight could hit the water surface below the south side of the UFO and therefore brightly illuminate any mist or whitecaps that might be beneath the south side of the UFO. Furthermore, by comparing the azimuth of the sun with the northwest direction that Ed was looking one can show that any illuminated water beneath the south side of the UFO would appear at the left of center of the UFO image, as does the white area on the water's surface. Thus the photo is consistent with the idea that this white area is at water level, and, therefore, is the mist or foam ("whitecaps") that Ed reported, extending upward four to six feet from the water surface.

       Adjoining the right side of the bottom end of the "spout" at about the level of the top of the rectangular white area is a faint, thin horizontal dark line that lies to the right of the center of the UFO. Its length is about 0.1 mm less than the width of the UFO. It appears to be just barely below the level of the distant shoreline. An examination of other portions of the photo showing the water near the distant shore did not find any other dark lines similar to this. Therefore I have concluded that this dark line is associated with the presence of the UFO and quite possibly is the shadow of the UFO on the water surface or the shadow on any mist that might have risen up from the surface as a result of the presence of the UFO. The on-site investigation showed that there are no structures or objects on the distant shore or lying along the line of sight to the shore, which resemble either the white area or the dark line.

       For the purposes of calculation I have assumed that the white area discussed above was a mist (or foam) below the UFO and, in particular, that the bottom of the white area was at the water's surface. The distance from the camera to the white area can be estimated from the following measurements: (a) the height of the camera above water level, (b) the distance from the camera to the far shore and (c) the angle between the photographic image of the far shore­line and the image of the bottom of the white area. Once the distance to the white area is estimated the approximate size (in feet) of the UFO can be calculated from the size of the film image by multiplying the distance (in feet) by the ratio of the image size (in mm) to the focal length of the camera (110 mm).

       The distance to the far shore has been estimated, using a map, at about 8,000 feet, (+/-) 200 feet. Measurements were made to determine the camera height above the water level at the same tide stage as the time of the photo. The camera height turned out to be 12.5 feet, (+/-) 0.5 feet. Unfortunately it has proven to be quite difficult to accurately measure the distance between the image of the shoreline and the bottom of the image of the white area. The difficulty arises from the poor resolution or "fuzziness" of images in the Polaroid photo. The fuzziness is a result of two factors: the rather large gain size of Model 600 Polaroid film and imperfect focusing of the lens. Various techniques were used to estimate the shoreline position, including the use of telephoto images of the distant shore for comparison. These measurements indicate that, on the original photo, the distance downward from the shoreline to the bottom of the mist is about 0.146 mm, (+/-) 0.018 mm, which corresponds to an angle of about 0.00133 radians. The uncertainty in this angle leads to an uncertainty of about (+/-) 12 percent in the estimated distance.

       The result of the analysis is that the distance to the white "mist" is about 4,300 feet, (+/‑) 500 feet. Using 4,300 feet as the distance, the size of the UFO has been calculated from measurements of the image size. The results are, again with a lack of precision because of image "fuzziness", that the UFO was in the range of 30-38 feet wide and 20-27 feet high. The bottom of the UFO was 19-26 feet above the water (the length of the waterspout) and the top was 45-50 feet above the water. The thickness of the horizontal center section was about 10-15 feet. The thickness (diameter) of the waterspout was only a couple of feet.

       It is important to note that the lower values of the estimated size (30 feet wide by 20 feet high with the horizontal section 10 feet high) are very close to the dimensions of the UFO calculated from the January 12 photo of the UFO and the F-15 jet (29 feet wide by 19 feet high with the horizontal section about 9.5 feet high). The dimensions calculated from the January photo were based on an assumed distance of 8,500 feet (200 feet farther than the F‑15). In that case there was no way of determining just how far away the UFO was, only that it was farther than the jet. Hence I could have assumed a greater distance. If, for example, I had assumed 9,000 feet, the calculated dimensions from the "jet" photo would have been about 31 feet by 20 feet by 10 feet and therefore in agreement with the minimum size estimated from the waterspout photo.

       For those who are interested in further technical details, a more complete analysis of this photo is presented in Reference 9. Also, a color copy of the photo along with blowups and a comparison photo is available (See Appendix 1).                                                                   

This reference: UFOs Are Real: Here's The Proof by Edward Walters and Bruce Maccabee, Ph.D., pp 56-57, 100-105 © 1997, reprinted here with Dr. Maccabee’s permission. 
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UFOCAT PRN - 122345

UFOCAT URN - 128427 MUFON UFO Journal, November 1994

UFOCAT URN - 122345 UFOs Are Real: Here's The Proof by Edward Walters and Bruce

                                        Maccabee, Ph.D., pp 56-57, 100-105 © 1997 (Above)

UFOCAT URN - 168916 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 16370 © 2002        
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North America – United States, Florida

Gulf Breeze                  Latitude 30-21-25 N, Longitude 87-09-50 W (D-M-S)

Shoreline Park             Latitude 30-21-14 N, Longitude 87-10-31 W

Santa Rosa Sound       several variants depending on which point is selected

                                    Latitude 30-20-41 N, Longitude 87-09-16 W [Gulf Breeze]

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic.
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UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 30.38 N, Longitude 87.17 W (D.%) 

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