Go Back Report # 517
08-10-1977

08-10-1977   MISIDENTIFICATION - ONLINE TRANSLATION      

CISU Case: 051

Location: Francavilla al Mare (CH)

Category A: Objects and lights completely submerged during the entire sighting (those

                    that are considered true USOs).

Evaluation: I.S.O. fish (herring)

Original Source: "Il Messaggero" del 11/08/1977; "Roma", anno 116, n. 211 del 12/08/1977; "Giornale di Brescia" del 16/08/1977; "Il secolo XIX" del 12/08/1977; "Corriere della Sera" del 12/8/1977; "Avvenire" del 12/08/1977; "Gli Arcani",anno 7, n. 3, marzo 1978, pag. 20.       

Sighting Description: Un altro curioso avvistamento, che colpì molto la stampa dell’epoca, si è verificato il 10 agosto del 1977 a Francavilla al Mare (CH). Dalla rive della spiaggia alcuni villeggianti osservarono tra le onde una luce azzurrognola che si muoveva freneticamente a circa cento metri dalla costa. Immediatamente circolarono voci di presunti ufo sottomarini e così un turista romano, che era anche un abile pescatore, ha remato con un pattino fino ad accostarsi alla luce misteriosa. Ed a quel punto che cosa è successo? Beh, il testimone, osservando la luce, non ha fatto altro che fiocinarla rendendosi a quel punto conto che tutto il trambusto era stato provocato da una "regalecus glesne1" ovvero una particolare specie di aringa di grandi dimensioni.    

Sighting Description: Another curious sighting that widely hit the press of the period happened on August 10, 1977, in Francavilla al Mare (CH). At the beach some vacationers observed a bluish light which was moving frantically between the waves about a hundred meters from the coast. Immediately rumors circulated about presumed underwater UFOs, so a Roman tourist, who was also a skilled fisherman, rowed in a thin-hulled racing boat and approached the mysterious light. And what happened at that point? Well, the witness, observing the light, did nothing but harpoon it, realizing at that point that all the commotion had been caused by a "regalecus glesne1" or a particular species of large herring.                                                                                                  

This reference: USOCAT by The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU), © 1996 by Marco Bianchini. http://www.cisu.org/,         

Note 1: Regalecus glesne - The king of herrings, also known as an oarfish, is found in all the world's oceans, at depths of between 20 and 1,000 m (66 and 3,281 ft.). Its length is up to 550 cm (18 ft.), and it can weigh up to 272 kg (600 lbs.). The rarely seen king of herrings is the world's longest bony fish. Its head and body is silver with blue streaks, with blackish streaks and spots on the body. The dorsal fins are crimson with 10 - 12 spiny rays and about 400 soft rays. The pelvic fin is represented by a prolonged, ribbon-like ray. Spawning occurs between July and December. –H J-

Reference: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Regalecus+glesne      

Oarfish live in all oceans, including the Mediterranean Sea, but not in polar seas.

Oarfish live in open water near the surface to depths of about 656 feet (200 meters).

Oarfish and people: Sightings of oarfish usually stir considerable public attention. –H J-

Reference:

http://animals.jrank.org/pages/2069/Opahs-Relatives-Lampridiformes-OARFISH-Regalecus-glesne-SPECIES-ACCOUNT.html           

UFOCAT – NONE       

Europe – Italy, Chieti

Francavilla al Mare        Latitude 42-25-00 N, Longitude 14-16-60 E (D-M-S)

Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/            



 



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