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Slow moving UFO captured on video over Alabama

An Alabama witness at Orange Beach reported watching and videotaping an unusual looking cluster of lights moving east to west against the wind over the Gulf of Mexico, according to testimony in Case 71086 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

Cropped and enlarged portion of a still frame from witness video. (Credit: MUFON)
Cropped and enlarged portion of a still frame from witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness was sitting outside on a balcony when the object was first noticed moving in a straight line from east to west about 10 p.m. on October 1, 2015.

“It kept the same height and was moving at what appeared to be around 30-40 mph,” the witness stated. “It appeared to be a cluster of bright lights similar to a cluster of balloons. It made no sound and did not waver in speed or height.”

Cropped and enlarged portion of a still frame from witness video. (Credit: MUFON)
Cropped and enlarged portion of a still frame from witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

The sighting lasted approximately 10 minutes.

“I was very nervous at seeing this. It continued west until I could not see it any longer. I called 911 and reported what I saw. I found out this morning that the 911 call was in Foley, approximately 10 miles from the beach. I called the police back this morning and no one else had reported anything at least to them.”

The witness was able to get the object on video.

Cropped and enlarged portion of a still frame from witness video. (Credit: MUFON)
Cropped and enlarged portion of a still frame from witness video. (Credit: MUFON)

“I managed to get three iPhone videos of it. I have a DJI Phantom Drone which has a 4K camera. I turned that on and tried to get a video of it, but was unable to do so.”

Alabama MUFON State Director Richard Hoffman investigated and closed this case as an Unknown.

“The video clip shows a highly unusual shaped object when viewed on a large screen television,” Hoffman stated in his report.“The object moved from east to the west along the shore line at a steady pace. Wind directions are from the north and do not account for the object being a balloon or a set of balloons. The object continued moving until it went out of sight many minutes later. We do have military exercises in this corridor as it is shown on aeronautical maps. This object does not conform with any known aircraft and is certainly not the flares we always get from this area.”

The slow moving object was moving against the wind. Pictured: Orange Beach, Alabama. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The slow moving object was moving against the wind. Pictured: Orange Beach, Alabama. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Orange Beach is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, population 5,441. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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  1. This video-graphed clip chronicling your incident report of an unidentifiable object sighting, is an excellent visual capture, in evidence of your incident report. At the apparent best focus achievable using your video hardware, it is visually evident that the object is comprised of multiple surfaces, with varying dimensions to the various surfaces. Under the conditions at the time you captured this object, including a presumed rush to access and use your video device, I doubt that many others, if any, could have produced a better video chronicle than yours. Thank you for reporting and for sharing it so that others may be further enlightened.

  2. As a resident of Alabama, I have visited Gulf Shores/Orange Beach and surrounding areas multiple times a year for 37 years. I have researched UFOs and the Phenomenon as well as advanced aircraft for almost 20 years. I mention these facts because I want to be clear that I have some credibility when it comes to the area as well as the subject matter. A few questions come to mind after seeing this video. The first thing that comes to mind is that this object could easily be some kind of distant oil rig or similar construction that are always visible at night. A large ocean vessel could also have similar lighting. The video makes it hard to determine if this object is in the sky or on the water. Sometimes it is hard to determine when viewing from a distance. The lack of movement or “hovering” makes me think this could be such an illusion instead of in the air. I could easily be mistaken. There are many Air Force bases and airports along the Gulf Coast and it is not uncommon to see aircraft of all kinds at any time of day or night. However, other than helicopters, I have never seen anything hovering still. Is there anything I am missing here that indicates that these lights are definitely in the sky and not in the distant water creating the illusion? It looks a lot like the rigs I see at night.
    Also, it is strange to not hear the ever present sounds of the waves coming to shore. Are we even looking over the Gulf or is this over one of the Bays? I hear cars going over the bridge and I hear crickets/catydids but regardless of size, distance, time of year or anything else, the sound of waves coming to shore can always be heard. If this was shot from a beachfront building facing the sky over the Gulf, it is impossible for me to believe that the tide would be silent.
    I am far from a skeptic and I do not at all believe this is a hoax or fake. I want to believe, as they say. I am either confused about where the camera is pointed or the witness is seeing something on the horizon. He keeps saying that “there is no way” but I don’t understand to what he is referring. If this actually is a hovering aircraft in the sky, then it is indeed an interesting capture. Military test aircraft or ET or both or perhaps something easier to explain? I have to remind myself that it is important to ask questions and try to determine plausible explanations before jumping to aliens from outer space because be it an oil rig, ocean liner, drone or anything else, I always want it to be the Phenomenon. I hope my questions will be answered. I realize this is an older case. I live in AL and found this searching MUFON Alabama.

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