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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:

Apparently, the CUFOS bulletin once reported that on 7 December 1978 at dawn in Caorle, Venice, Italy, there was a close encounter of the third kind by several witnesses who saw at least two objects on the sea.

The case was apparently explained as mistaken animals.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001198
Date of event: December 7, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1978, 2000?
Delay of report: Day, decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology bulletin CUFOS.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue UFODNA.
First alleged record type: Ufology bulletin.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: December 3, 2009
This file last updated on: December 3, 2009
Country of event: Italy
State/Department: Venice
Type of location: Sea.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: Uncertain
UFO arrival observed: Not reported.
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: Not reported. Numerous.
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Not reported
Type of entities: Not reported
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: Not reported.
Entities actions: Not reported.
Entities/witness interactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable confusion, animals.
Explanation certainty: Medium.


[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 7 December 1978 at dawn in Caorle, Italy, there was a "Close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants. More than two objects were observed by numerous witnesses on the ocean. Explanation: Animals."

The source is indicated as International UFO Reporter, International UFO Reporter, CUFOS.

Points to consider:

With so little information, no decent source reference, and having found no other sources, I can only record the case and its explanation.

To note: there is no "ocean" at the location, but the Adriatic sea.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe December 3, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not correctly referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe December 3, 2009 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Totally insufficient information. Help needed. Opened.


Probable confusion, animals.

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 December 3, 2009 Creation, [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 3, 2009 First published.

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