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USO’s:

unidentified submerged object

unidentified submerged objects

There’s a lot of cool things in the ocean. Architeuthis, cuttlefish, the awesome cartoon Sea Lab 2021, and of course, extra terrestrials. USOs are just like UFOs except they are spotted flying in and out water. It’s not a totally crazy idea. We know more about the surface of Mars than we do about our own oceans, which cover 70% of the planet. There could be a giant alien party going on down there, and all we’d see is what’s 5 feet in front of the tiny submersible port hole.

Though not as popular as UFOs, USOs have been around a long time. Columbus on his way to America wrote in his journal (on his down time from murdering Indians) that a large, glowing object floated right out of the sea into the sky. Unfortunately my teachers failed to teach me this handy pneumonic device. “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and an unidentified submerged object flew.”

1963 navy sonar chase

Another run in with a USO happened back in 1963 involving a US Navy submarine off Puerto Rico. Sonar picked up an object moving at 150 knots, 20,000 feet below. The submarine tracked the USO for 4 days. The object would propel to impossible speeds then stop for a while as the Navy would catch up.

To put that into perspective for a non-sailor I went to the informative Navy submarine page, these are stats for today’s subs:

“U.S. nuclear-powered submarines can go faster than 25 knots (nautical miles per hour) underwater, which is approximately 29 miles per hour or 46 kilometers per hour.”

“U.S. Navy submarines can submerge deeper than 800 feet. The actual depth is classified, but it is less than the deep-diving [...] civilian research submarines that explore the bottom of the oceans.”

So I’m guessing 20,000 feet down, at 150 knots in 1963 IS something to write home about. (I also learned that claustrophobic people are poor candidates for submarine sailors.)

Some far North sightings of Unidentified Submerged Objects describe them going right through ice covered water, like it’s not even there. So perhaps the USO is melting it instantly, because when they investigate, the ice has a clean hole through it.

the shag harbour incident

Probably the most famous USO incident happened at Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia in 1967. Several people reported seeing a 60 foot long, lit object flying very low, that later descended into the water, causing panic as some residents believed it might be an aircraft in trouble. It had several orange glowing lights on it and eventually sunk leaving behind yellow foam half a mile long. Fishing boats looking for survivors were joined by the Coast Guard and followed by US Navy divers. Nothing was ever reported being found, but of course this was followed by a super secret search by the military.

Later members of the military operation admitted more info. Like that the object was first spotted on radar out of Siberia and, after crashing into the harbour, it traveled (underwater) up the coast to Shelburne where a US barge conveniently had to pull in for “repairs”. Another claimed that a second object tried to help the first one. The whole incident even made the front page of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald.

USO headline

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