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Occurred : 12/31/2003 17:45 (Entered as : 12/31/2003 17:45)
Reported: 1/22/2004 5:09:19 PM 17:09
Posted: 1/31/2004
Location: Sarasota, FL
Shape: Disk
Duration:?
Strange Object in Photograph, Southwest Florida

My wife were planning to go to the beach on New Year's Eve to take some photos of sunset. We grabbed the digicam and walked out the door. We had an amazing view of sunset from outside of our apartment so we took a few pictures. I have a habit of snapping between 2 and 5 pictures in a quick duration just in case one is blurred or one doesn't come out. When we downloaded the pictures I commented that something must have been on my lens, but looking at the pictures, I realized this object was only in one photo of the set (taken within 10 second duration). There are sunlit clouds around but the object is framed in clear blue sky. There is a metallic reflection on a disk shaped object. You can zoom in on it and it becomes even clearer.

I am a 30-something biologist and I know this isn't a bird...it wouldn't have left the frame that quickly anyway, neither would an aircraft.

I would be willing to forward the photos. I would like a second opinion on what this could be... ((name deleted))

((NUFORC Note: We have reviewed three photos submitted by the witness. There is a tiny, dark object in the second photo, but we cannot identify it. It may be a bird, but that is pure conjecture on our part. We do not know what the object is, and it is too small for us to be able to determine unambiguously what it is. PD))