by Preston Dennett
Preston Dennett is
a MUFON field investigator, the author of four books,
and a long-time Fate contributor.
Shortly after I began investigating UFOs in the late 1980s, I
started to receive reports of unidentified ocean-going craft.
Most of these reports came from a
certain stretch of California coastline, from about Santa Barbara
south to Long Beach. This particular body of water, I soon learned,
had a widespread reputation as a UFO hotspot. After several
witnesses told me they believed there was an underwater UFO base
there, I decided to conduct a more in-depth investigation to
determine the truth.
My first step was to survey the research of other prominent
investigators. To my surprise, most of the local researchers were
already aware of the sightings.
Writes Ann Druffel,
“This body of water lies between the
coastlines of Southern California and Santa Catalina Island, 20
miles offshore to the southwest. The area has for at least
thirty years been the scene of UFO reports of all kinds: surface
sightings of hazy craft which cruise leisurely in full view of
military installations, aerial spheres bobbing in oscillating
flight, gigantic cloud-cigars, and at least one report of an
underwater UFO with uniformed occupants.”
Another researcher, Robert Stanley,
editor of the now defunct magazine Unicus, writes,
“Even in the sixties, families were
going down to the beach and waiting for a UFO to pass by…. By
the 1970s, whole families were going down to the beach at Point
Dume at night to watch the multi-colored UFOs [that] would sink
under the water at times.”
MUFON field investigator Bill
“For years witnesses have seen many
types of UFO cruising off the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern
California. UFOs have actually been seen to come out of the
water in the San Pedro Channel.”
I had already uncovered several
firsthand cases myself. My next step was to put together a
comprehensive list of all the recorded ocean-going encounters in the
I came up with more than 50
UFO entering ocean
These cases were next categorized into
The first and most common type are cases that take place over the
coastline. In these cases, people see UFOs either from the shoreline
or while they are out at sea.
What follows are several typical cases.
1953: Engineer Frederick Hehr
and several others are on Santa Monica beach when they
observe a “squadron of saucers” performing maneuvers in the
daylight sky over the bay. Later that day, the objects
return and perform more maneuvers for a period of about ten
July 10, 1955: Around 11:00
a.m., several fishermen off the coast of Newport Beach
observe a bluish-silver, cigar-shaped object flying overhead
at a “moderate speed and medium altitude.” Two and a half
hours later, a Washington family of three are sailing 13
miles off the coast of Newport Beach on their way to
Catalina Island when they observe a “perfectly round,
gray-white” craft about 2,500 feet above their boat. When
the object maintains its position over their boat, they
radio the Coast Guard, which sends out a plane. The object
darts away before the plane arrives.
November 6, 1957: Early morning
in Playa Del Rey, three cars driving along the Pacific Coast
Highway suddenly stall when a large “egg-shaped object”
surrounded in a “blue haze” lands on the beach only a few
Witnesses Richard Kehoe, Ronald Burke, and
Joe Thomas exit their cars and observe two
strange-looking men disembarking from the object. The UFO
occupants have “yellowish-green skin” and wear “black
leather pants, white belts and light colored jerseys.” They
walk up to the witnesses and begin asking questions. Kehoe
and the others are unable to understand the occupants, who
are apparently speaking a foreign language. After a few
moments, the figures return to the object, which takes off
and accelerates out of sight.
That same day at 3:50 p.m., an officer and 12 airmen from an
Air Force detachment in nearby Long Beach observe six
saucer-shaped objects zooming across the sky. Two hours
later, officers at Los Alamitos Naval Air Station report
seeing “numerous” objects criss-crossing the sky. At the
same time, police stations in Long Beach receive more than
100 calls from residents reporting UFOs.
December 1957: The crew of the
British steamship Ramsey observes a large metallic gray disk
with antenna-like projections off the coast of San Pedro.
One of the crewmen grabs his camera and captures a blurry
photo of the object before it moves away.
1960: Actor Chad Everett
and two friends are on the rooftop of his Beverly Hills home
one night when they observe a lighted object moving back and
forth at high speeds over the nearby ocean. Because the
object moves so quickly and at right angles, the witnesses
are convinced it is a genuine UFO.
1970: As investigated by Bill
Hamilton, an anonymous gentleman sailing from Catalina
Island to San Pedro Harbor observes a metallic saucer with
four “hemispherical pods” underneath it flying only a few
hundred feet above his boat.
May 1973: Art director
George Gray (pseudonym) observes an object sending
down a beam of light while driving along the Pacific Coast
Highway in Santa Monica in the pre-dawn hours:
“The UFO was over where the
beach was…hovering I would say maybe a hundred, two
hundred feet in the air. It was silver. It was your
basic UFO…it was definitely completely metallic with a
silver dome on top and a silver dome on the bottom of
it, like two plates put together. And it had little
lights around it.”
Gray is able to bring in
additional witnesses before the object moves away.
Summer 1988: Professional
photographer Kim Carlsberg observes a darting,
star-like object while relaxing in her Malibu beachfront
home. Suddenly, the object moves directly toward her.
“The brilliant point of
light advanced until it became a luminous sphere some
fifty feet in diameter,” reports Carlsberg. “It
ominously hung in the air a hundred feet from my window…
the apparent standoff lasted no more than a minute
before the sphere departed as quickly as it appeared. It
tore away diagonally through the night sky and
Summer 1990: Private pilot
Toshi Inouye and his student observe a large, red,
glowing cigar-shaped object hovering near their plane as
they fly over the Santa Monica Bay in late afternoon.
Inouye considers calling the
nearby airport control tower when the object suddenly darts
May 4, 1990: Early in the
morning, two Malibu surfers are lying on their surfboards
waiting for the next wave when they observe a,
The object darts back and forth
then moves back out to sea.
1998: Adam (pool-cleaner) and
Mario (military private) are driving along the Pacific Coast
Highway in Malibu when they see six black, diamond-shaped
objects darting at high speed up and down the coast. The two
men are so impressed by the brief sighting that they spend
the next hour driving up and down the coast hoping for a
repeat appearance. While they don’t see any more UFOs, they
do find other UFO watchers.
“We did come across a couple
of people who were just sitting in their lawn chairs
along the road. I don’t know if this has anything to do
with it, but they were just sitting there along the side
of the road, just looking up.”
January 3, 2004: Young Chyren
is standing along the Santa Monica coast at midday when he
observes a metallic, saucer-shaped craft hovering only a few
thousand feet directly above a small yacht less than a mile
out at sea. He quickly grabs his camera and snaps a
Into the Ocean
From the reports cited above, it should be clear that UFOs are
witnessed over this coastal area in disproportionately large
numbers. In most cases, they are observed a few thousand feet or
less above the surface of the ocean.
It is therefore plausible to speculate
that these craft may be traveling into and out of this body of
hovering off the coast of Santa Monica on January 3, 2004.
Photo by Young Chyren, courtesy UFOEvidence.org
As we shall see, the next category
involves UFOs that have been observed doing exactly that. These much
rarer cases provide further evidence of an underwater UFO base off
the California coast.
November 21, 1951: As reported
by researcher Harold Wilkins, several witnesses
observe “an unidentified burning object” descending into the
ocean somewhere off the coast of California.
August 8, 1954: The Japanese
steamship Aliki is off the coast of Long Beach when several
members of the crew observe an underwater UFO.
As the intercepted radio message
from the ship reads,
1955: Residents from the
northern California coastal town of Santa Maria observe a
“long silvery object” emerging from the ocean and taking off
January 15, 1956 (Evening):
Residents of Redondo Beach report seeing a large, glowing
object glide down out of the sky and float on the surface of
the ocean about 75 yards off shore.
Dozens of witnesses converge on the scene, including a local
night watchman, Redondo Beach lifeguards, and police
officers from adjacent Hermosa Beach. As the crowd gathers,
the water around the object starts to “froth” and the UFO
sinks beneath the surface. The glow of the object, however,
remains so intense that it can still be seen.
Police officers radio for assistance and divers are brought
in to investigate. Unfortunately, by the time the divers
arrive, the object is gone. Another police officer tests the
area with a Geiger counter, which fails to register any
radiation. Another search the next day also yields no
February 9, 1956: Military
personnel observe a fireball descending into the ocean off
the coast of Redondo Beach. One year later, UFO researcher
Leonard Stringfield obtains an official report on the
incident, which says only:
July 28, 1962: The captain of a
chartered fishing boat notices lights floating in a
stationary position in the water about six miles south of
Upon closer observation, the
captain is startled to see what he assumes at first is a
“It appeared to be the stern
of a submarine,” he says. “We could see five men, two in
white garb, two in dark trousers and white shirts, and
one in a sky-blue jump suit. We passed abeam at about a
quarter mile and I was certain it was a submarine low in
the water, steel gray, no markings, decks almost awash,
with only its tail and an odd aft-structure showing.”
Suddenly the submarine heads
straight for the fishing boat as if to ram it. The captain
makes an emergency turn as the sub moves past them at high
speed, emitting no noise and leaving no wake except for a
“good-sized swell.” The captain contacts the navy, which is
unable to positively identify the sub.
UFO researchers Coral and Jim Lorenzen hear about the
case and speculate that it may have been a UFO and not a
One might also mention the odd
shape of the submarine itself, its lack of fear of
observation, and its aggressive maneuvering.
February 5, 1964: Eleven
passengers are rescued by the Coast Guard from their
emergency raft following the unexplained sinking of their
yacht, the Hattie D. The crew was sailing south down the
coast of California from Seattle, Washington, when their
yacht either struck or was rammed by an unidentified “metal
Crewman Carl Jansen says,
December 2, 1965: Mrs. Irwin
Cohen and her son observe a glowing red object
descending into the sea off San Pedro, setting off a large
cloud of steam. As the object descends, the witnesses snap a
few photos. They wonder if they witnessed a Navy missile or
some other unknown object.
October 1968: George Hiner
is fishing in his boat off the eastern end of Catalina
Island when he spots a “white-domed shaped object” (sic)
through his binoculars. As he watches, the object rises ten
feet above the surface of the water, then descends and rises
again. He notices a strange parachute-like device beneath
the object, which gently descends and then sinks beneath the
June 1980: Therapist Linda
Susan Young and a friend are driving along the Pacific
Coast Highway in Santa Monica at night when Young observes
an unusually bright light floating in place several miles
out to sea.
Young was puzzled by its
appearance and turned to tell her friend:
“I said to the guy with me,
‘What do you suppose this is?’ And he turned around and
looked at it. And he only saw it for a second when it
just shot straight up in the air and blinked out. It
didn’t look like it went far enough to disappear from
view, like a distance. It just sort of stopped. It just
stopped being there…I have always assumed it was a UFO.”
1980s: An anonymous gentleman (a
senior electronics engineer) sailing on a foggy day between
Santa Barbara Island and Santa Cruz Island observes a
“fluorescent green colored light” ahead of him in the mist.
Thinking it was another ship using bright lights to navigate
the fog, he stops and waits for it to pass. As it
approaches, however, he is still unable to distinguish any
When it is a quarter mile away
and heading directly toward him, the witness discovers why:
The witness is sailing a fully
equipped, 38-foot sailboat. As the object passes beneath
him, he takes several readings from the depth sounder,
determining that the object is about 100 feet deep. At this
point, both depth sounders quit functioning. The witness
checks his compasses.
The object moves away and
disappears, leaving the witness badly frightened. A later
check on his equipment reveals that all the compass
mountings were broken. Says the witness of the incident,
1990: According to investigator
Bill Hamilton, starting in late 1989 numerous
witnesses in Marina Del Rey begin to have repeated
encounters with “strange blue-green lights in the water.”
As Hamilton writes,
“In 1989 and again in 1990,
witnesses have seen as many as twenty events an hour.
One large light appeared to be as much as 100 feet in
diameter. This large light spawned babies no larger than
10 to 12 feet in length. These lights were seen to move
swiftly under the ocean’s surface some 500 to 1000 feet
from the coastline in Abalone Cove…one of the lights was
reported to have emerged from the water.”
Spring 1991: In the early
morning hours, Tony X. looks out the window of his Malibu
beachfront home and observes a brilliantly lit object
floating on the ocean’s surface about two miles away.
After a few hours, the light
Two years later, in January
1993, the object returns.
Tony calls up the Coast Guard,
but they deny having any information.
May 5, 1992: Two friends walking
along Malibu Beach observe a “sort of light/fireball”
descend from the sky and into the ocean. Says one witness,
“It was going at an
incredible speed and it was less than a mile away. It
looked like it hit the ocean…. Once the object made its
way to the ocean’s surface, it disappeared, so my guess
is that it went underwater.”
1994: Two men walking near the
coast of Rancho Palos Verdes at night see several “glowing
disks” floating in the water. One of the witnesses returns
at a later date and sees the disks again. On this occasion,
he observes several black helicopters in the area. Later, he
is confronted by unnamed individuals (men in black?) who
tell him in no uncertain terms that this area, off Abalone
Cove, is off-limits.
January 11, 2002: An anonymous
gentleman camping along the coast at Point Mugu sees a light
moving back and forth 100 feet above the water, and two
other lights beneath the surface of the sea. The objects
dart back and forth in tandem for 30 minutes (moving unlike
any plane or helicopter), giving the witness the impression
that they are searching for something. Afterwards, the light
in the sky accelerates out of sight and the two objects in
the water dive down and disappear.
So much underwater UFO activity in one place is undeniably unusual
and strongly points to the possibility that there is an underwater
UFO base somewhere in this area. While the above reports alone
provide considerable evidence, further confirmation of this
possibility comes from another source.
Not only is there an unusually large number of sightings, landings,
and ocean-going UFOs here, there are also cases of abductions.
Normally, when somebody reports being abducted by aliens, they claim
to have been taken inside a UFO. However, in this particular area,
some abductees report that they have been taken to what is
apparently an underground base.
Could it be that these witnesses were
taken into the underwater base in the Santa Catalina channel?
1967: Two 11-year-old boys
experience an episode of missing time while on their
parents’ boat in Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island. Years
later, one of the witnesses, Paul Nelson
(pseudonym) goes under hypnosis and recalls that he and his
friend were abducted to an apparently underground base where
they were examined by praying-mantis-type ETs:
Following the examination, the
boys are returned to the boat with no conscious memory of
Early 1990s: As recounted in her
autobiographical book Beyond My Wildest Dreams,
Kim Carlsberg experiences a series of UFO abductions
from her Malibu home starting in the early 1990s. On each
occasion she is examined by Grey or praying-mantis-type ETs.
On August 30, 1992, Carlsberg
recalls being taken to what appears to be a vast underground
complex where she sees many other abductees and ETs of
Carlsberg also recalled sitting
in a large “auditorium” with many other abductees where she
was told by the ETs that she was being “prepared for
A final piece of evidence for an underwater or underground base
comes from the Topanga Canyon UFO wave of 1992 though ’94.
Topanga Canyon has been a UFO hotspot for more than 50 years.
However, on the night of June 14, 1992, hundreds of unidentified
craft were seen in the canyon, which is situated along the Southern
Seventeen adult witnesses have
independently reported seeing UFOs on that evening. One couple, who
live high on a ridge overlooking the ocean, observed approximately
200 craft rising up, one by one, from behind the ridge east of them,
and then moving to various locations in the canyon.
As one of the witnesses said,
“You know when you watch something
for a while… you can figure out where they’re coming from? After
watching them, you got the feeling that they were going all over
this area from that certain spot right there.”
That certain spot is the same location
where so many underwater UFOs have been seen. And what makes this
particular sighting so important is that the objects were not seen
coming from above. Instead, these 200 craft came from below, either
underground or underwater.
Where else could so many UFOs come from
except for some kind of base?
As can be seen, the evidence is pretty strong that there is an
underwater UFO base in the Santa Catalina channel. Hundreds of UFOs
have been seen in the area. A significant portion of these cases
involve objects going into and out of the water. And there are cases
where people have apparently been taken inside this very base.
It’s hard to say exactly where this base is, but judging from the
geographic distribution of encounters, the highest density of cases
is along the Santa Catalina channel. It would have to be very deep
to avoid detection.
The size of the base is again a matter of speculation, but because
of the large number of UFOs that have been seen at one time and from
the reports of the abductees, it seems safe to assume that this base
is extremely large, perhaps the size of several city blocks or more.
How long has this base been here?
The modern age of UFOs began in 1947, when a huge wave of sightings
swept across the United States and the world. This was the year of
Kenneth Arnold sighting and the
UFO crash at Roswell. That year
also featured a strange mystery off the California coast.
It began on July 7, 1947, just days after the Roswell crash. At 3:10
p.m., two teenagers walking along the beach at San Raphael watched
as a “flat, glistening object” emerged from the ocean, flew for a
short distance, then dove back into the water 400 yards from shore.
One month later, in August 1947, the Coast Guard received reports of
a “strange flaming object,” which fell into the sea.
Following this incident, steamers going into and out of San
Francisco Bay encountered an “undersea mountain” that appeared and
disappeared in various locations in the bay. Several ships reported
the mysterious mass, calling it a “reef” or “submarine mountain”
that had apparently appeared overnight. Another ship reported “a
large mass under water, off the Golden Gate.”
Following that, the mass disappeared. Or
perhaps it just moved again.
Around this time, the naval survey ship
Maury and other craft were sent to investigate another report of a
“phantom reef” that had appeared about 400 miles off the coast of
Southern California. No charts listed any such mass in the area. And
when Captain Hambling of the Maury arrived, the “mass” was gone. The
crew immediately surveyed the surrounding area and, to their shock,
they found that the mass had moved again.
“Our echo sounders did pick up a
strange echo when we were about three-quarters of a mile off the
reported location of the ‘reef.’ It seemed that the sounders had
got an echo from a mass about 1,600 yards away. We changed
course, and started right towards it. Four hundred yards away
from it, we found it had vanished, and we got no other echo. We
tracked and re-tracked the area, using fathometers and echo
sounders. We covered five square miles very carefully, and
another five miles round the outside of the area.”
The “mass” however, had gone. Or perhaps
it had moved and found a more permanent residence closer to shore.
Considering the huge number of
underwater reports that started in the 1950s, this may have been the
time when the alleged base was constructed. In any case, underwater
UFOs have been encountered in this area starting in 1947 and
continuing to the present day.
While it may seem hard to believe that ETs are living beneath our
oceans, these types of accounts have turned up all over the
Ocean-going UFOs have been seen in all
of the seven seas, reaching back nearly a thousand years and
continuing to the present day. With their ability to travel through
the oceans and skies with ease, these cases show just how advanced
the visitors are.
Remember, most of our oceans remain
unexplored—at least by humans...