|Group /Category 4
Animal Effect Cases
San Francisco, California
November 22, 1896
Animal Reaction Feature:
An object bearing a spotlight was seen by numerous witnesses. It altitude
was estimated as 300, 400, or 500 feet. As the object moved it projected
its spotlight onto Seal Rocks, and the seals dove frantically into the water.
[Seal Rocks, until the earthquake of 1989, was know for its Sea Lions (not
seals). Species involved are most likely the California Sea Lion and
the larger Stellar Sea Lionójw]
Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist:
Many people saw an aerial object in the early evening. One report mentioned
periodic flashes of light. The best description was of a misty-looking mass
with two lights. One light below the mass and the second light to the
rear. The rear light threw out a long ray of light (searchlight). The
object traversed San Francisco Bay, turned at Alameda, and recrossed the bay.
The object reportedly moved swiftly with a slightly undulating motion.
Earlier the same day, a similar report came from Sacramento, where the sky
was reported as dark and cloudy. An aerial object was reported with
a huge searchlight. When observed through a telescope, the object was
seen to rise and fall like a boat on gentle swells, and it moved against the
No sound, EM effects, or physiological effects were reported.
Lore, Gordon I. R., Jr., and Harold H. Deneault, Jr., 1968, Mysteries of the
Skies, N.J., Prentice-Hall, pages 6-8.