THE STRANGE OBSERVATION OF THE M. V. DOLPHIN
NICAP received the following report
through the courtesy of Mr.
the operations officer of SEAN, the
Scientific Event Alert Network. SEAN
is a division of the Smithsonian's Museum
of Natural History and
it deals with the researching of short-lived phenomena such as volcanoes,
earthquakes, and meteors.
The sighting report involves the
captain and seven members of the crew of the Hellenic M.V. Dolphin. The
vessel was in route from Koper, Yugoslavia, to Ashdod, Israel,
on the evening of April 10, 1977, when the strange observation took place.
FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE LIGHTS
The observation that Ioannis S.
Michalos, master of the Dolphin, registered upon his arrival in the port of
Ashdod, two days after the event had occurred, revealed that at approximately
8:10 P.M., he, a
lookout, and the cook witnessed three bright objects directly above the sea's
surface. The objects were in a straight line and each one was as big as
a size "A" star. The captain estimated their diameter to be about
five centimeters. Their height, measured by sextant, was five degrees. A
bearing on a gyro compass repeater placed the objects at 181-182-183 degrees.
The three objects remained steady
and visible for ten minutes. At 8:20 they disappeared one after the other
only to reappear five minutes later on bearing 189-189.5, altitude 2.56
degrees. Only two of the objects reappeared and both of their lights were a
very bright orange.
The two objects began to move toward
one another. At 8:29 one of the objects disappeared. The other was at bearing
188 and at 8:31, it too disappeared,
The strange observation was not yet
over. At 8:33 a single light became visible on bearing 189, altitude 2.56
degrees. At this time
the first electromagnetic effects were observed. The captain's personal
television, located in his office, stopped working. When the single
light disappeared at 8:38, bearing 189, altitude 2 degrees, the television
resumed normal functioning. Neither the electrician nor any other member of
the ship had tampered with the A.C. motor. Also, during the five minutes of this sighting, the
magnetic, compass was 20 degrees further east than normal. The
compass was again working correctly at 8:38.
OF THE SHIP
On the evening of the sighting, the
position of the Dolphin was approximately 32.13.0 north; 33.31.0 degrees
east. Its course was 110 degrees; its speed 8 miles. The weather conditions
were excellent with the wind ESE at 2-3 knots and the visibility at 15-20
miles. The ship's bearing was 075 degrees and had been checked with another
vessel 18 miles away. The Dolphin's radar was working and showed a very thin
cloud covering 12-14 miles 090 degrees east of the ship's course.
As the readings were being
calculated, two of the objects on bearing 177-178, altitude 1.53, again
appeared and began to approach one another. This time the chief engineer was
called to the bridge to observe the event, and the second officer as well as
the electrician followed him up to watch the sea's horizon and to witness the
The two objects had reappeared
at 8:45. At 8:52 one light disappeared. At 8:53 the second light followed the
first and disappeared. At 8:56 one object again appeared, this time on
bearing 180, altitude 1.13. The single light vanished at 9:01 still on
bearing 180, altitude 1.23 degrees. At 9:05 three objects arranged in line
formation became visible on bearing 187-187.5-188, altitude 1.53.0-1.53.5-1.54.0.
The center light was moving steadily toward the left.
The three lights did not remain
in position for long. At 9:08 the two end lights vanished, but the middle
light ceased moving and remained visible. While the center light held its
position, a second light appeared at sea level, on bearing 180 degrees. This
sea level object disappeared at 9:11, but the center light remained steady.
It was now on bearing 187, altitude 2.03.0. Then, at 9:21, this last light
disappeared. Neither it nor any of the other lights reappeared again.
This was not the finale of the
sighting, however. Not only had the bright orange lights gone, but the light
cloud cover that had been observed on the radar screen also disappeared. Also,
at 9:40, a new object suddenly came into view. It was a bright silver color,
and at one second intervals, it emitted a bright bluish-white light.
The bright silver object was on
bearing 082 degrees, sextant altitude 25 degrees. It remained steady for
three to four minutes when
it unexpectedly zoomed downward with a tremendous speed, continuously
emitting the bluish-white light, heading directly toward the sea. The object
reached the sea's surface at 9:45 and was on bearing 087 degrees. It remained
on the surface for about two minutes still giving off its light. The ship's radar was unable to
pick up a return from the object. Then, at 9:47, this object also disappeared.
The crew members searched the sea's surface and the sky carefully, looking
for any reappearance of the objects they had seen during the past hour and a
half. The captain and crew remained on the bridge through the rest of the
night and into the next day.
Only one last observation was made. At
1:05 A.M. a bright
silver object appeared on the sea's surface, on bearing 092 degrees.
It emitted the same bluish-white light and it vanished for the last time at
Captain Michalos ended his report with
the fact that, upon reaching Israel, he had checked with the proper
authorities and had found that no Marine or Air military exercises had been
executed at the time and date and position of his and his crew members'
All eight of the eyewitnesses signed
their names to the captain's report of the strange lights, They included the
captain, the engineer, the second officer, the third engineer, the
electrician, two watches, and the cook.
This reference: The UFO
Investigator (NICAP Publication), June 1977, pp. 1 & 3
With Thanks to Larry Hatch’s
*U* UFO DATABASE, see http://www.larryhatch.net
PRN – 103588
URN – 103588 J. Allen
for UFO Studies, January 12 1977
URN – 108937 The UFO
Investigator (NICAP Publication), June 1977, pp. 1 & 3
Yugoslavia Latitude 45-33 N,
Longitude 13-44 E (D-M)
Yugoslavia gazetteer, Published by the Defense Mapping Agency, Washington,
D.C., March 1983.
Ashdod, Israel Latitude
31-49 N, Longitude 34-39 E (D-M)
Israel gazetteer, Published by the Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C.,
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude
32.21 N, Longitude 33.52 E (D.%)
(Text) Latitude 32-13-00 N, Longitude
33-31-00 E (D-M-S)