Santa Catalina Channel
Date: July 7, 1947 - Present
Location: Santa Catalina Channel, CA
While the majority of UFOs are seen either flying in the sky or landed on the ground, a small portion of accounts involve ocean going UFOs. Sometimes, these craft are seen to actually enter or emerge from the ocean itself. Underwater UFOs are relatively rare, except for one location, a small stretch of coastline off southern California, known as the Santa Catalina Channel. North from Santa Barbara down south to Long Beach, the waters seem to be thick with UFOs. In fact, this section of coastline has produced dozens of cases. The sightings reach back to the 1940s and continue to the present day.
The first reported California underwater UFO was on July 7, 1947 when two San Raphael teenagers saw a flat glistening object emerge from the water, fly around and then dive back into the water 400 yards from shore. Throughout this same year, numerous steamers reported a mysterious undersea mountain, or a large mass underwater, which kept appearing and disappearing in various locations in the San Francisco Bay and down the coast.
Following this, the sightings came regularly, in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1970, 1980, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2004…the list continues, most from the Santa Catalina channel. The sightings involve many highly credible witnesses including lifeguards, security guards, law enforcement officials, military officers and countless citizens. Numerous southern California-based investigators have uncovered sightings from this area.
While several theories have been raised to account for this high concentration of reports, the most popular is that there is some type of underwater UFO base off the California coast.