In 2004, US Navy pilots encountered multiple fast-moving UFOs off the coast of San Diego, California. While this story is now widely known, one detail from the USS Nimitz incident has often been overlooked: Eyewitnesses also spotted a UFO under the surface of the ocean.
A UFO in the water is called a USO, or Unidentified Submerged Object, and there is a long history of UFOs being witnessed under, above or near bodies of water. From a sighting recorded by Christopher Columbus in 1492 to the Utsuro Bune folklore in Japan — or the highly-documented Shag Harbour incident — water seems to play a big role in UFO sightings.
Steven Greenstreet and Nick Pope dive deep into USO cases throughout history in this episode of “The Basement Office.“
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