My reason for writing this letter is that
I thought it might be of some interesting news for your paper. It is about a
very strange phenomenon that took place one early morning here on the Gulf of
Mexico. My wife and I are amateur (sic) shell collectors. This past first
week of Feb. 77 there was a full .moon which means minus tides along the
Gulf. On this particular early morning we decided to take advantage of the minus
tides, because that is when we mostly find many live sea-shells. We drove on down
to Ft, DeSoto Park, which is an Island about six miles south-west of St Petersburg,
Fla. Along the Gulf side of Ft DeSoto Park there are miles and miles of beautiful
stretches of beaches. During these minus tides there, are sand-bars exposed
along a certain stretch of beach. On these sand-bars is where we find our
live shells. A couple hundred yards out from shore there are several thousand
feet of hugh (sic) pipe mounted on-pontoons. At one end of this pipe line there
is a hugh (sic) barge that has been a work shop for assembling the pipe line.
At present this barge is anchored there
with out, any one working on it, due to some sort of break down. The reason for
this pipe line is they are preparing to dredge Mullet Key Chanel and will pump
the sand onto the beach where some erosion has taken place. On this particular cold, crisp, clear morning
we started walking along on the exposed sand-bar but not finding many shells
due to the cold. We had .gone about two miles and decided to quit, so we headed
back to where, we had parked our van. Well instead of walking back on the sand-bar
we started walking along on the sandy beach. When we got about half-way back a
very strange phenomenon took place. We could hear the whinning (sic) noise which
sounded like a jet plane coming toward our direction. The noise was coming
from out over the Gulf. The sky was very
clear and there were no planes visible anywhere. We could see very clearly for
miles in all directions. We stopped walking and was trying to figure out what
was causing the odd sound. In a. few seconds the noise seemed to change to
what sounded like a diesel engine of a freight train. It seamed to become
stationery about three or four hundred feet in front of us and it seemed like it was hovering
just a few feet above the water. Prior to the diesel engine sound,
there was only a slight two or three inch high waves lapping on the outer
side of the sand-bar, but as the diesel sounding engine noise seem to become stationary
there were suddenly
waves about three feet high splashing over the sand-bar, but only about
one-hundred feet to our left and one-hundred feet to our right. All
along the rest of the sand-bar the water was lapping in two or three inch high
waves. There definitely was some invisible object out there causeing (sic)
the sound and waves. As we could see for several miles in either direction
there was no ship in sight and no ship had gone by. This engine rumbling
sound and three feet waves lasted about eight or ten minutes. Then suddenly
the noise seemed to fade away off in the distance and immediatly (sic) the
waves subsided into two or three inch high waves again. It gave us an odd feeling
that there was something out there spying on us. We have been on that Beach many,
many times before but have never experienced any thing like that before.
There must be an answer. --- which I believe must have been an in-visable
(sic) U.F.O. I'll swear this is the God's truth.
This reference: Letter to
researcher Bob Pratt from the witness dated February 6, 1977.
With Thanks to The J. Allen
Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/
On March 9,
1977 Mr. Pratt replies his interest in the case and leaves his phone number
for them to contact him. On December 14, 1981 the following paper relays the
case, with additional, interesting information.-CF-
The World of UFOs
by Bob Pratt
Invisible object stirs sea
Joseph and Nola Daniels had been
bunting for seashells along (be beach for about an hour, starting out Just
before daybreak, but they had had little luck. It was cold, and there were
After walking nearly two miles along
the Gulf of Mexico side of Fort DeSoto State Park that February morning in
1977, they decided to quit. The park is on an Island west of St. Petersburg.
“There was no use going any farther,”
said Daniels, then 65. "We had been hunting along a sandbar 30 or 40
feet off the beach, but when we headed back we decided to walk along the dry
"We got about hallway back when
we heard a faint sound like a Jet plane coming in directly toward us from the
west out over the gulf.
“It kept getting louder and louder.
There was no wind blowing, or anything. There was just a light ripple of
waves maybe three Inches high washing over the sandbar.
"All of a sudden, this noise got
very loud, and when It got within 200 or 300 feet of the sandbar. It seemed
to turn into a noise like a diesel engine on a freight train. But we couldn't
"Suddenly. It seemed to become
stationary just beyond the sandbar, and whatever It was seemed like it was hovering
Just a few feet above the water.
"It seemed like there was a depression in the
water out there1.
This noise kept rumbling like a diesel, and we noticed waves about three feet
high —washing about 100 feet to the right of us and about 100 feet to the
left of us."
Mrs. Daniels, a year older than her husband,
sat quietly, nodding her head from time to time as Daniels told their story.
Daniels had been on disability since 1969 after suffering four heart attacks,
and often hunted for seashells to make into necklaces as a hobby.
“We were dumbfounded” said Daniels.
“We were staring right at it, whatever it was, and we couldn't see anything.
We didn't know what to do, whether to run or what, and there was no one else
on the beach.
"We knew darned well something
was there, but we couldn't see it. We kept looking all around. The sky was
clear as could be, and there were no airplanes or ships in sight anywhere.
You could see for miles up and down the beach.
"Right where we had stopped they
were going to dredge a channel, and they had a lot of pipes out there on big
pontoons and this was all helter-skelter out there not too far from the
"Then there was a big barge
that's like a machine shop, where they work the pipe and stuff like that. But
it had been broken down for a week or two, and there wasn't a soul on that.
"I've had many frightening
experiences in my life, but never one like that. It made your hair stand on
"This lasted for maybe eight or
10 minutes, and suddenly the noise seemed to fade off in the distance. And
immediately the waves subsided into little wavelets again.
"It gave us an odd feeling that
there was something out there spying on us. We've been on that beach many,
many times before but we never experienced anything like that before.
must be an answer. There must have been something invisible out there causing
that sound and those waves."
This reference: World of
UFOs, care of Enquirer and News, 155 W. Van Buren St.. Battle Creek, Mlch.
49016 © Bob Pratt 1981.
Note 1: From my research of water related cases, the UFO hovering a few
feet over the water DOES produce a depression, see: “Physical
influences of a UFO on Water” on this website. This of course leads us to the
realization, as other researches have pointed out, that these craft can
indeed render themselves invisible if they desire.-CF-
UFOCAT PRN – NONE
North America – United
States, Florida, Pinellas
Ft. Desoto County Park Latitude 27-38-16 N, Longitude 82-44-19
St Petersburg Latitude
27-46-15 N, Longitude 82-40-45 W
Mullet Key Latitude 27-37-09 N, Longitude 82-43-26 W