Go Back Report # 574



31.03.79 MAATSUYKER ISLAND, TAS 2140hrs



Two people were outside to take weather details when they noted a large boat passing to the south. Then, a yellowish light was noticed above the boat, growing in size as if coming straight towards the witnesses, until it was about four inches (100 cm) in apparent size and giving off an intense glare that lit up the southern side of the island. The witnesses’ dog reacted at the approach of the light. It was too bright to look at directly when, within seconds, it went dark again, turning around, and going directly away, shrinking in size. Viewed through binoculars, there seemed to be a bright light reflecting onto the dark cigar-shaped object beneath it.


The light was estimated to be at about 800 feet high and came within one kilometer of the island then dropped back to about ten kilometers. The witnesses watched the light until about 1:30 a.m., the dog quieting about 11:30 p.m. At 1.20 mm the light travelled from south to southeast to stop near the South East Cape. It then became two blue lights. The witnesses by this time were tired and went to bed.


Reference for the above text is: Australian UFO Research Network Archives:



UFOCAT PRN – 126418 [DOS: 03-30-1979]

UFOCAT URN – 126418 UFO Research Australia Newsletter, May 1982

UFOCAT URN – 170180 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 13675, © 2002


Australia – Tasmania. Body of water is the Pacific Ocean.

Maatsuyker Island   Latitude 43-41-00 S, Longitude 146-17-00 E (D-M-S) [island]

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/




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