|Occurred : 9/7/2020 11:30 (Entered as : 9-7-20 11:30)
Reported: 9/7/2020 10:53:34 AM 10:53
Location: Naples, FL
|Small dark object tracking linearly at constant speed over gulf
Date: 9-7-20 Time: approx. 11:15 am - 11:45 am EDT Location: Naples, FL on the beach Conditions: partly cloudy (cumulus variety), light breeze from W/NW, calm seas As I was sitting on the beach facing west out over the gulf, I noticed a small dark object tracking very linearly from right to left (heading south) over the gulf. At first I thought it was a bird, but saw no indication of wing movement or change of direction.
The object passed in front of the cumulus clouds. If I had to scale the object, it appeared compact like a dot, but in the same size grouping as a bird. Still, no detail like wings or change of course. What got my attention was the lack of any "organic" variation in its movement. Just constant speed and linear track. Everything else in the sky (like birds) had variations. Later as I saw large birds against a similar set of clouds, it was quite easy to see their wings and variations in movement. Had the object passed behind the clouds, I would have dismissed it as a plane.
I started estimating angles, based upon a 90 degree relationship between the gulf and directly overhead. Bisecting that angle, it appeared that the object was in the 35-40 degrees above the horizon. As for the time I could see it (1 - 2 minutes), I would estimate that it covered a field of 45 - 90 degrees, as it moved right to left (assuming I'm perpendicular to the gulf facing west).
I didn't have my phone with me during the sighting, but walked back to the car within the hour. I took a few pictures of similar clouds if I need to get a better estimate on distance and angles. Further, I took video of birds flying just to demonstrate to myself that wings and organic flight behavior are obviously different than what I saw.
Was it a drone monitoring crowds on the beach? Possibly. But it seemed too far away. Drones are often closer, and usually show more variation in movement.
I've been interested in UFO's since a child. Although I've had unexplained life experiences, I don't recall any remarkable UFO sightings. While the sighting today was oddly out of place, it was certainly not "sensational". I think it will only have meaning if others report similar events en masse.