May 1, 2014

By: Morgan Beall


On August 8, 2013 MUFON headquarters received a call from the news media outlet NBC-2 . Reporter Rick Ritter called concerning a possible UFO caught on CCTV security camera system in Naples Florida. In the TV news coverage the reporter interviews the security employee from an unnamed resort located near the Gulf of Mexico in Naples Florida. The video (YouTube search Naples Pool UFO) depicts a globular amorphous out of focus anomaly that appears out of nowhere. According to the NBC-2 report and NBC-2.COM, security employee Debra Lee Thomas is certain it is something alive and the NBC report Rick Ritter could not explain what he was looking at.  


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Within 24 hours the video and news story become viral on youtube and social networks. Wild claims from angels, extraterrestrials refueling their ship in the pool.., to a visitation from the spirit world were made by blogging on-lookers. On occasion there would be a few skeptical assessments with mundane explanations like water or a spider web on the lens of the security camera. Well it turns out the explanation was in fact the most simple and often is in many UFO reports. Yes, it rains a lot here in the Sunshine state, curious why they call it that. Well in fact the night of the alleged visitation from the purported extraterrestrial angelic light beings it did rain with variable high winds. Thanks to the quick work of the MUFON photographic analyst team Marc D’Antonio and Cinde Costello, they put together a nice explanation of why the video was most likely a rain droplet on the protective lens of the CCTV security camera. The report reveals that the most telling evidence of this explanation “is that you actually see how the refracted image of the droplet seen on the housing has brought small particles of dirt on the housing into focus”. Often the general public, media and nonobjective types will jump to conclusions and speak in absolution which in this world of technology, special effects and hoaxers will easily lead you away from the truth. Science is not a philosophy it is a process and we all must test our hypothesis to be truly open minded.


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