Published: September 15, 2010
All photographs submitted by Anthony Dallman-Jones (Special to marcoislandflorida.com)
Marco artist Anthony Dallmann-Jones posted this blog about the UFO seen in the Gulf Tuesday night.
I am sure you have heard from people about “strange lights” off the Marco Island Resident’s Beach last night.
We first noticed them at 8:35 PM – They were there, in various formats until 9:15 PM and were seen no more (by my wife and me). Neither of us drinks. We are also both professors of higher education so we are not totally unable to make intelligent judgments.
We have pictures that my wife took…if you are interested. Mostly, I am hoping you can just tell me what we saw. I was a science major and this one baffled me in terms of a logical understanding.
Description. I do believe these were near the horizon line, although they started off closer. I believe they were receding to the West. I have some very powerful binoculars and probably saw things most did not.
WHAT were they? They were “hot” in the sense that they were glowing orange-yellow balls. Some might say they were lights on a UFO, and I can see how some of the angles would give that notion.
Here is what we noticed. The first four we saw were in an arc, but rose in the middle like an eyebrow slightly. They would then “go out” and new ones would appear.
They remained 2 – 4 minutes, would extinguish and then new ones would suddenly “blink on.” The most there at any one time was eight. Their alignment was either in a bar or lights, one time they were in a V-formation, and once in an almost perfect octagon.
Telling clues. They were above the horizon and never moved vertically or horizontally (except once) – never swooped or rose or fell. Just “appeared” then dimmed slowly and went out, much like a flame running out of fuel might.
They had smoke trails! With my binoculars I could see them – almost like the ball of fire was emitting a large trail of smoke rising straight up. This could not be seen by naked eye.
The one aberration was that while in an almost octagon, one of the balls fell. It was the only one that did this that we could see. Most just stayed in place until they went out, but his one definitely fell. It started dropping slowly and when it hit the water a flash went up… which is the one way we could tell it was over the horizon line as it was NOT on this side of the horizon line.
Can you tell me what this was? I have thought and thought on it… was it the Coast Guard testing wind patterns, or what?
The interesting part was how “fixed” they were. Except for that one, the only “movement” was coming on and fading away.
UPDATE 1:05 PM THURSDAY — VERY difficult to hold camera still when shutter stays open so long in the dark. They were not pulsating or moving around... just sat there and after 4-5 minutes dimmed out.
As soon as they would "go out" more would appear... in sets of 4, never more than 8 at one time. The most telling was the octagon, especially when the lower right one "fell" into the ocean and there was a large flash.
They were up for 40 minutes... seemed to be going away as they were larger at 8:35 than at 9:15... then they were just gone.
Again, it is the smoke trails that we could see via the binoculars - 15x that gave us pause to wonder...hat the heck is emitting smoke that is stationery that high in the sky...?