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Occurred : 8/16/2013 22:30 (Entered as : 08/16/13 22:30)
Reported: 8/23/2013 5:15:05 PM 17:15
Posted: 8/30/2013
Location: Captiva, FL
Shape: Fireball
((NUFORC Note: This is one of nineteen reports, submitted by the same witness, over the course of seven weeks. The reports are well written, and the witness seems sincere, although we would be surprised if all of the sightings are about authentic UFOs, i.e. alien spacecraft. We cannot be certain, however. PD))


I arrived at my regular skywatch location at 9:20 p.m. on the south end of Captiva Island, FL, USA, just north of the rock jetty at Blind Pass. The weather was totally overcast for the first half hour after I arrived, and then cleared to partly cloudy, with clouds over the horizon of the Gulf.

I was scanning the horizon, 50 percent of the time with binoculars, and 50 percent of the time without binocs, for a whole hour and 10 minutes without seeing anything, when at 10:30, while looking through my binoculars, I briefly saw the same kind of “double-craft” UFOs I had seen on previous nights, in precisely the same location as before, one above the other, apparently having just emerged from the Gulf. I say apparently emerging from the water because, like before, the craft on the bottom was right on the horizon or just a little tad below it, and smaller for a moment before it became the size of the one above before disappearing. I watched it for a good 5 seconds before the lights went out.

I got VERY lucky with this sighting because it could only have been see through binoculars, and when you think about catching something for only a few seconds out of 70 minutes of observation, it’s almost like finding a needle in a haystack. If others are emerging and then turning out the lights this quickly – and I did see this before – who knows how many of the things could be out there. I estimate that it was about 7 miles away from me. That was all I saw in that northern area until I left at 11 p.m.

At 10:50 an orange “fireball” appeared due west of me over the Gulf, about 40 degrees above the horizon, and no more than 5 miles away. It spooked me a bit when it rapidly expanded from the size of a small pea at arms length, to the size of a baseball or large orange, and began glowing and pulsating mostly red, but with some bluish and white in it too. After the 10 seconds it took to expand, the edges started “shimmering” with different colors, and my heart seemed to skip a few beats. I pointed it out to a couple of people who were walking down the beach and told them it was a UFO and they were fascinated too. By the time I remembered to look at it through my binoculars, it started shrinking down and then disappeared after about 20 to 25 seconds. It stayed in one place during this time.

This object looked uncannily like one of those “star gates” like you see on TV It really gave me a start because I was almost expecting for the sky to start opening up! I continued sky watching through out for another 10 minutes or so before the sand flies drove me back home at 11 p.m. The idea that it might have been some kind of a portal or “star gate” didn't strike me until the next morning.

I will next report on my conclusions of the past 27 sightings I and others in the immediate area have had over 39 nights of observation, during 8 weeks since I had my first sighting here on June 24, 2013.