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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.


Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Summarized stories arrived at english-speaking ufologists desks from local ufological sources indicate that in the night of October 10, 1957, in Quebracôco, Brazil, a naval officer, Miguel Espanhol, and a companion, were driving a truck towards Ceres, when they encountered a huge UFO which was initially high in the sky and bathed all the area in light. This UFO came down and the engine of the truck stopped.

The witnesses estimated that the UFO was at least 170 meters of width and 40 meters in thickness, it was oval or lens-shaped, with some sort of antenna at its top that carried a red light at its end.

The UFO then extinguished all its lights, an opening appeared, showing a red interior, and seven small beings similar to the humans but children-sized, with long hair and dressed of partly luminous suits appeared in this opening, initially two, then two more, again two more and finally a seventh. These beings looked at the witnesses in silence during approximately three minutes.

The UFO then took off, releasing a small disc which left towards the north while the large UFO moved towards the south.

The sighting seems to have been described in the press and the Brazilian group of ufology SBDEV animated by Dr. Walter Buhler apparently investigated, but the reports published in the braizilian ufological bulletins of the time do not seem available easily nowadays.

Basic information table:

Case number:URECAT-000050
Date of event:October 10, 1957
Earliest report of event:October 1957
Delay of report:Days or weeks.
Witness reported via:Not known.
First alleged record by:National newspaper Folha da Manha.
First certain record by:Ufologist Olavo Fontes.
First alleged record type:National newspaper.
First certain record type:Ufologist.
This file created on:October 17, 2006
This file last updated on:September 27, 2007
Country of event:Brazil
State/Department:Santa Catarina
Type of location:Open country
Lighting conditions:Night
UFO observed:Yes
UFO arrival observed:Yes
UFO departure observed:Yes
UFO/Entity Relation:Certain
Witnesses numbers:2
Witnesses ages:Adults.
Witnesses types:Officer of civilian or military navy.
Witnesses drawing:No.
Witnesses-approved drawing:No.
Number of entities:7
Type of entities:Humanoid or human
Entities height:Small
Entities outfit type:With luminous chest.
Entities outfit color:Not known.
Entities skin color:Not known.
Entities body:Not known.
Entities head:Not known.
Entities eyes:Not known.
Entities mouth:Not known.
Entities nose:Not known.
Entities feet:Not known.
Entities arms:Not known.
Entities fingers:Not known.
Entities fingers number:Not known.
Entities hair:Long hair.
Entities voice:None heard.
Entities actions:Came out of UFO, looked at witness, possible telepathy, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions:Communicated peaceful intentions by telepathy.
Witness(es) reactions:Observed.
Witness(es) feelings:Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation:Not reported.
Explanation category:Extraterrestrial beings or hoax.
Explanation certainty:Low.



Gordon Creighton indicates that on the night of October 10, 1957, Spanish naval officer Miguel Espanol and a companion were traveling by truck to Ceres. They encountered a huge, or "tremendous" UFO. The UFO was initially high in the sky and bathed the whole region in light, then it descended and the truck's engine stalled.

The witnesses thought the craft was at least 170 meters wide and 130 meters Its shape was oval or saucer-shaped, and there was a long sort of antenna projecting from its dome and topped by a red light.

The UFO then switched off all its dazzling lights and the two men saw seven completely human-looking small beings, the size of kids, with long hair and clad in luminous suits, appear in an open hatch of the craft and gaze down at them silently for about three minutes.

The UFO then flew off, releasing a small disc. This small disc disappeared northwards, while the big UFO went south.

Creighton indicates that his sources are "Folha da Manhâ", of Rio de Janeiro, for Octobrer 1957, the U.F.O. Critical Bulletin of Sao Paolo, the Flying Saucer Review for May/June 1958, and the S.B.E.D.V. Bulletin #9 of 1959 and #26-27 for April/July 1962.

Creighton notes that S.B.D.E.V. indicates that the big UFO did not land but hovered while the three other sources tell of a landing, and he comments that probably the S.B.D.E.V reports by Dr. Buhler are more accurate.


The authors indicate that a Spanish naval officer, Miguel Espanol, and a companion, claimed that on the night of October 10, 1957, they saw a huge oval or saucer-shaped object which stalled the truck in which they were riding, then hovered, during which time they could clearly see the seven occupants through an open hatch. They had luminous suits, long hair, and diminutive size.


In his UFO landings catalog, Jacques Vallée indicates that in the night of October 10, 1957 in Quebracoco, Brazil, naval officer Miguel Espanhol and another man, traveling to Ceres, saw a bright object that illuminated the countryside and came down to ground level as the truck stalled. It was oval or saucer-shaped, over 150 meters in diameter and 40 meters deep, with a dome supporting a long "aerial" with a red light on top. The bright light went off and the witnesses saw seven childlike beings, with long hair and luminous suits, who looked down at them for about 3 minutes. The craft flew south and released a smaller disk, which flew north. Vallée indicates "Humanoids 36 ; F.S.R. 58, 3, 24" as sources.

[Ref. hd1:] HENRI DURRANT:

Henri Durrant quotes the Brazilian ufologist Dr. Olavo Fontes, correspondent of the North-American ufology group APRO, as having evoked the case for the first time in Flying the Saucer Review vol. XIII, n° 5, pp. 5 and 6.

The event occurred in the night of October 10, 1957 and Henri Durrant reproduces a part of it only: a door opened in the object, and two people appeared, then two others, then two others still, and finally a seventh, which passed between the two groups formed by the others.

These people monitored the truck of the witness during three minutes. They totally resembled humans of the Earth, but they were of smaller size, with long hair down the shoulders, and clothing that was luminous on the chest.

When these small men looked at the witness, he entered a state similar to a trance and experienced the weird feeling that were telling him "we come in a peaceful mission."

Durrant notes that Olavo Fontes had noted the case without giving it too much credence because he was skeptic about allegations of telepathy; Fontes recorded the case in his file because it had similarities with another case that occurred 15 days before.

[Ref. hd1:] BRENT RAYNES:

In an article, Brent Raynes indicates that on the night of October 10, 1957, near Quebra, Coco, Brazil, a Spanish Navy officer's truck was reportedly approached by a huge, blinding lens-shaped object estimated to have 500 feet in diameter. The craft came within some 20 feet of the ground and the officer's truck engine died.

The UFO extinguished its lights, except for a reddish glow on a long antenna-looking structure on the top of the object. Then a door opened on the UFO and a red light emanated from the interior of the object.

Seven long-haired men appeared at the door of the UFO and stepped outside for some three minutes and gazed in the witness' direction.

Then they returned inside the craft; which rose into the air to an estimated 1600 feet, released a small disk that flew north, at which time the larger UFO headed south.

Points to consider:

It would be of uttermost interest to know exactly what the reports by the ufology group SBDEV indicate on this interesting high strangeness case. Obviously the report by Olavo Fontes lets see a richer experience than the summaries published in the English then French ufological literature.

Apparently later sources have confused the name of the witness, "Miguel Espanhol" or "Español" with an "espagnol", i.e., Spanish nationality.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe October 17, 2006 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the primary source Folha da Manha, Rio de Janeiro newspaper vaguely date october 1957. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Severe October 17, 2006 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the primary source UFO Critical Bulletin. Help needed. Opened.
3 Data Severe October 17, 2006 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the source from Olavo Fontes. Help needed. Opened.
4 Data Severe October 17, 2006 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the primary source SBDEV Bulletin #9 for 1959. Help needed. Opened.
5 Data Severe October 17, 2006 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the primary source SBDEV Bulletin #26-27 for April/July 1962. Help needed. Opened.


Extraterrestrial visitors or hoax.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:


Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

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0.1 Patrick Gross October 17, 2006. Creation, [gc1], [jv1], [hd1], [br1].
0.2 Patrick Gross October 17, 2006 First published.
0.3 Patrick Gross September 27, 2007 Addition: [lo1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 27, 2007 Conversion from HTML4 to XHTML Strict.

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