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UFO hovers over Hearst Castle in tourist photo

A California witness at San Simeon reported photographing an unexplained object while touring the famous Hearst Castle, according to July 30, 2014, testimony in Case 58513 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

Witness photograph. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness photograph. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness was touring the property designed by architect Julia Morgan for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and was taking photographs about 11:15 a.m. on July 25, 2014. Two days later while reviewing images on a computer, the witness noticed an anomaly in one photograph.

“One picture of the towers on the front of the Hearst mansion had a bird flying in it so I zoomed in to look at the bird and noticed an unidentifiable object towards the top of the picture,” the witness stated. “It does not have wings and appears to be a ‘typical’ flying saucer type object. I did not notice this object when I was actually taking the pictures and no one in my family noticed it that day which leads me to believe it was not making any sound or was too high to be heard.”

Photograph provided by the witness with the UFO circled. (Credit: MUFON)
Photograph provided by the witness with the UFO circled. (Credit: MUFON)
Close-up of the object. (Credit: MUFON)
Close-up of the object. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness included two images with the MUFON report: Image 1 and Image 2.

Hearst Castle swimming pool. (Credit: Stan Shebs/Wikimedia Commons)
Hearst Castle swimming pool. (Credit: Stan Shebs/Wikimedia Commons)

The witness is curious if the object in the photo can be identified. California MUFON is investigating. California has a current UFO Alert Rating of 2 with a high number of recent reports nationally. California had 107 June reports and was the highest reporting state. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

The UFO Alert Rating System is based on five levels – 1 through 5 – where states with 150 or more reports for the month are rated an Alert 1; states with 100 or more reports are rated an Alert 2; 25 reports or more for the month are rated an Alert 3; 13 or more reports are rated an Alert 4; and those states with less than 13 reports for the month are an Alert 5.

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 looks like one of the craft pictured on the website http://www.ufoevidence.org/ Theres a similar craft pictured in Provo Canyon, Utah, USA
    May 18, 2004. Check it out! This is actually a fun way to track UFO pictures. It seems logical to me that certain craft are from specific races or planets and it makes sense that they use the same craft for whatever purpose as they scan our planet. If you do this yourself, you will see what I see. That there are a number of UFO’s that have been pictured throughout the last few decades that are the very same craft.

  2. Did you know that there is a “zoo” of sorts at Hearst Castle? It’s a beautiful place that is constantly groomed by the onshore moisture rich winds from the pacific. Big Sur is a fertile land with a lot of life.

    This is a great picture of a juevenille Cooper’s Hawk dive bombing another juevenille to maintain dominance and secure its territory.


  3. I dunno…looks like a bird in one picture and a flying mask in another. Just like all the others…too tough to tell. Sigh…

  4. I closed this case yesterday. IFO – Other. Insect. Photo analysis by Marc Dantonio.

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