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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:

In the beginning of July 1967, or on July 7, 1967, at 5 km from Palma de Majorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain, among many reported UFO sightings, the daughter of count de Ribas said she was awaked around 3 a.m. by an intense light coming from her window giving on a large patio. She went at the window and saw two small beings of the size of a child that spoke together. They had very large heads, or carried a helmet, and had huge eyes.

When she wanted to switch on the light it did not function. She went to get candles but when she returned she did not see anything anymore of the beings and the light functioned again.

The story is that the beings had left two small marks outside the wall, close to the window, which reappeared after the wall was painted new, and could be erased only by scraping.

Neighbors are said to have seen these traces, not otherwise described. The case appeared in a number of ufology magazines and books with the same sparse information if not for some contradictions and translation errors. No original source is found and apparently there was no investigation.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000058
Date of event: July 7, 1967
Earliest report of event: March 1969
Delay of report: 2 years
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology magazine, Antonio Ribera.
First certain record by: Ufology magazine, Jacques Scorneaux.
First alleged record type: Ufology magazine.
First certain record type: Ufology magazine.
This file created on: November 5, 2006
This file last updated on: April 9, 2007
Country of event: Spain
State/Department: Balearic Islands
Type of location: In patio seen from window
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Young woman, or girl.
Witnesses types: Daughter of count de Ribas.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: Small, child size
Entities outfit type: Not known
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not known.
Entities head: Large or helmeted.
Entities eyes: Two, large.
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: Not known.
Entities voice: Talked together.
Entities actions: Were in patio, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable confusion.
Explanation certainty: Low.



In an article providing information of the morphology of UFO occupants reported in Spain, this Spanish ufologist noted that there was a report of a UFO with two occupants in Palma de Majorque in the Baleares in July 1967 at 03:00, with an object posed to the ground and one witness.

He indicates that the beings were like children from the point of view of the size and had enormous eyes and a large head or a helmet. They had climbed on the edge of the window of the witness and spoke between them.

The case is indicated to be extracted of a catalogue of 130 cases of landings updated by Vicente Juan Ballester-Olmos in August 1972.

[Ref. jf1:] JEAN FERGUSON:

This author indicates that in the beginning of July 1967 at 03:00 a.m. in Palma in the Balearic Islands, Miss de Ribas was suddenly awaked by an intense gleam coming from the patio. She distinguished from the window two small silhouettes which seemed to talk to each other, which had large heads and enormous eyes. Very nervous, she tried to switch the light, "but nothing happened", as if the electrical power had been shut off. She went to another room to get a coat, "for she intended to flee" and when she returned, "she did not see anything any more." She went outside and noted the presence of two prints of small feet in front of the window.


Jacques Scorneaux indicates that in July 1967, at 5 km from Palma de Majorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain, UFO sightings quickly followed one another during the 1967 flap. On an unspecified date of that month, Miss de Ribas was awaked around 3 hours of the morning by an intense light that came from her window giving on a large patio.

She approached the window and saw two small beings of the size of a child that spoke one another. They had a very large head, or carried a helmet, and had enormous eyes.

She wanted to switch on the light but it did not function. She went to get candles but when she returned all had disappeared and the light functioned again.

The beings "had left outside the wall, close to the window, two small marks which could be erased only by scraping the wall, because they reappeared even after application of a coat of paint."

Neighbors saw these traces, of which Jacques Scorneaux notes that they are not well described, the aspect and the nature of these so tough prints not being indicated.

Scorneaux notes that a source mentions traces of step, and that the case appears in the MAYBECAT catalogue under number 136, with the comment "single witness, no physical evidence." The case appears in Phénomènes Spatiaux #19 for March 1969, pp 32-33 in an article by Antonio Ribera titled "News from Spain"; also in "Etude de Cent Atterrissages Ibériques" (Study of 100 landings in Spain), by Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos and Jacques Vallée in LDLN #112 for June 1971, page 5, case 30 with a mistranslation which is also in the English version published in Flying Saucer Review, Special Issue #4 for August 1971, page 49, the witness being indicated as going to get a coat instead of going to get candles.


Albert Rosales indicates that according to Antonio Ribera, in Palma De Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, on July 7, 1967 at 03:00 a.m., an intense light coming from the patio awakened the daughter of the Count de Ribas.

From her window, she saw two small figures apparently speaking to one another. They had very large heads, possibly due to the presence of helmets, and huge eyes. The witness tried to switch on the lights but they did not work. She went to get candles and when she returned all had vanished.

Two small marks on the outside of the wall were found. They could only be removed by scraping the wall; after it had been painted, the marks reappeared.

Points to consider:

No UFO was seen. The single witness experience by an untrained observer exists in various deformed versions with nothing much to defend that it was not some sort of whatever confusion might occur during the night in a patio seen from behind a window. The data is sparse, unreliable, there is no apparent primary source, and no investigation seems to have been carried out.

The most laughable deformation is that of the candles being translated into a coat with the invention that it was for fleeing the place, as if you would need a coat to flee outside in the Baleares in July.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe October 5, 2006 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No primary source. Help needed. Opened.


Probable confusion, insufficient data.

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

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 5, 2006 Creation, [jf1], [js1], [ar1].
0.2 Patrick Gross November 5, 2006 First published.
0.2 Patrick Gross April 9, 2007 Addition, [bo1].

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