Animal Effect Cases
Everglades, Florida Flynn Case
March 15, 1965
Animal Reaction Feature
James Flynn, traveling by swamp buggy, took four dogs into the
Everglades over a weekend, a place with which he had a life-long
familiarity. On Sunday night (March 14), his dogs flushed a deer
and ran off after it. Flynn could hear the dogs baying in the
distance. One dog returned to him, and Flynn started his swamp
buggy and headed toward the baying dogs (apparently with the returned
dog in a dog crate onboard the buggy). About 1 a.m. he sighted a
light he estimated as about 200 feet over cypress tree, and as he
proceeded, he watched the light fly off in various directions only to
return to his general vicinity. Then the light went down onto a
small knoll among some cypress trees. Flynn, thinking it a
helicopter, drove toward it.
When about ¼ mile from the light, he stopped and looked through
binoculars, and realized it was not a helicopter, but he thought it was
perhaps a new vehicle from Cape Canaveral, and might be in
distress. As he began moving toward it, there was a diesel
generator sound* that seemed to bother his dog. When he reached a
distance of about 200 yards from the object, the dog was howling and
trying to get out of his crate. Flynn attributed the dog’s
behavior as a response to the sound coming from the object, which he
described as now loud and high pitched.
At this point Flynn left the buggy and walked to within a few yards of
the object, which was hovering about 4 feet above the
ground. A wind was coming from it with a jet-like sound and
was so strong it almost knocked him down. An orange-red glow lit the
area underneath the object. As he stood waving, a flash of light came
at him and that is all he remembered until coming to with severe sight
impairment hours later.
[*Unsure about the sound of a diesel generator, I asked a friend with
access to a variety of such equipment for feedback. He fired up a
diesel generator and said that at 500 feet away from it, he heard a
deep rumble and could feel vibration. When he moved to 150-200
feet from it, the deep rumble was still there but a high-pitched
whistle sound predominated. He also pointed out a diesel
generator is heavy, not a choice for flight. If man-made, a
turbine generator would be more likely—jw.]
Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist:
Flynn made prolonged observations of the object and described it as
metallic with an inverted-cone shape with a rounded top, about 30 feet
and 60 feet in diameter. About 8 feet from the top was a row
“windows,” each about 2 feet square, and below were 3 more rows of
the lowest row being about 12 feet from the bottom of the object.
Flynn saw no markings but saw 4 by 4 foot plates that seemed to be
at their joints. A dull yellow glow came from the “windows,” and
commented that he could not see in [so possibly there were not
The flash of light described by Flynn immediately before losing
consciousness came from right under the bottom row of “windows.” He
described that light as a “short beam” and compared it to a welder’s
torch light. The strong
wind coming from the object came out in a counterclockwise direction,
Flynn did not indicate what part of the object generated the
The object hovered about 4 feet above the ground, moving up and down a
Regaining consciousness after some hours, Flynn found his missing dogs
had returned and he slowly made his way home. He was hospitalized
or 5 days because of damage to his eyes, involving blood in the eye
trauma. He also had some neurological effects.
No EM effects were reported. Traces were found on tree tops and
Fort Myers News-Press, March 19, 1965, page 4A.
Hall, Richard H., 2001, The UFO Evidence Vol. II, Scarecrow Press,
Lanham, MD, page 56.
Keyhoe, Donald E., and Lore, Gordon I. R., Jr., 1969, Strange Effects
from UFOs, NICAP, Washington, D.C., pages 12-16.
McDonald, James E., 1966, Letter to Richard Hall (NICAP) on Flynn
sighting dated October 31, 1966.
Story, Ronald D., editor, 1980, The Encyclopedia of UFOs, Dolphin
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The U.F.O. Investigator (NICAP), Vol. III, No. 1, March-April 1965, p.