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Occurred : 10/29/2000 18:45 (Entered as : 10/29/00 18:45)
Reported: 11/25/2000 00:57
Posted: 2/11/2003
Location: Camano Island, WA
Shape: Light
Duration:3 minutes
Bright light flashing low in sky after sunset; video later revealed a sound similar to submarine sonar.

My girlfriend and I, after visiting friends on South Camano Island, were getting in our car to leave when we noticed a very bright starlike multi-colored light "twinkling" and flashing about 30 degrees above the southern horizon (the hill of Whidbey Island). I assumed it was a normal aerial craft (plane, helicopter) - but it seemed too bright and the lights weren't flashing in a regular rhythm. I grabbed my 8mm video camera (analog) and recorded 90 seconds before it disapeared completely. Optical zooming revealed that indeed this was not Venus, another planet nor a star. The pattern and colors of the flashing lights were also not like any aircraft. Several times before - and also once while filming - it faded out completely (not from a cloud), only to instantly reappear. I digitally zoomed (24x) and then one could really see the strange pattern of lights ebbing and flowing throughout the disc of light now resolved by the lens. I yelled for my friend to go tell the people in the house to come out to see this, but it disappeared again, and after a long wait, never returned. I think this is definitely a UFO. I know many people have captured video footage of strange lights. However, what makes this footage unusual (as far as I know), is that - when we played it back - THERE IS A SOUND THAT SEEMS TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE LIGHT! We did not hear anything when filming or observing it, and it seemed to be too far away (several miles?) to hear any sound, unless it was creating a loud sound like a normal aircraft. The sound is loud enough to easily hear after the light reappears; but after you have heard it and know what to listen for, you can hear it during the first part of the tape also. It is not camera noise from the zoom or focus motors, and there was nothing in our environment that I can imagine could have caused it. It repeats in a regular rhythm 6 or 8 times. It is very similar to the sound you hear submarines make with sonar in the movies. I am going to digitize the tape and have the video - and especially the audio - digitally enhanced. I'm sure the audio signature can be compared with - for instance - a sonar sound to see if it matches it, or any other known source.