|Occurred : 10/12/2004 15:00 (Entered as : 10/12/04 15:00)
Reported: 4/9/2013 10:50:12 AM 10:50
Location: Antibes (France),
|Round sphere off the coast of southern France
On or about October 12, 2004 at approximately 14:00-15:00, I was sitting on the top deck of a 160' ship off the coast of the Antibes in the Mediterranean. I was reclining and looking up at the sky. It was a very clear day with some cumulus clouds, approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The ship was moving so I cannot recall how much of the wind was apparent versus true but there was certainly a breeze.
I spotted a round object that darted in and above the clouds (my estimate is 6,000 -10,000 feet). There was no discernable pattern to the movement but it "zigzagged" within the area of one particular cloud. It made incredibly rapid changes in direction and would descend and ascend through the cloud. As it changed direction it almost seemed as if it were on the end of a pendulum - it seemed to slow just a bit before quickly moving 180 degrees in the opposite direction. I cannot estimate the speed but it appeared to be moving at a fairly high rate.
Because of the estimated altitude and flight pattern I discounted it from being a bird. It moved and changed direction too quickly. I am also knowledgeable about military and civilian aircraft and I could not identify this as any publicly known vehicle. The object appeared black or dark in color, had no discernable wings, vertical stabilizer or any form or propulsion. The object appeared round. I could not make out any noise or light from the object. The object was alone in the sky as I do not recall any aircraft within the vicinity.
I watched the object for approximately 30-45 minutes before losing it in the sky. As far as I know, I was the only witness.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date is approximate. PD))