by Gerard Lebat
Morocco MUFON field investigator
Translation by John Tomlinson
At 11 a.m. on July, 25, 2007, a father and son were enjoying a moment of relaxation on the Martyl, a beach near Tetouan in northern Morocco when they saw an object moving very fast at sea level, coming from the horizon, carefully not flying over the beach and then speeding back towards the horizon.
Mr. NB and his son were on the beach. They were exactly opposite the ERAC buildings on the new double track of the Martyl cornice. Martyl is located on the northern coast of Morocco, about 10 km to the east of Tetuan, and 30 km from Ceuta.
It is a city of about 40 000 inhabitants, very touristic with fantastic landscapes and pleasant weather. It is also very popular for its beach, which are said to be some of the most beautiful of Morocco. Close to Spain, Martyl is located in Morocco and therefore northwest of the African continent.
Mr. NB is 50, and lives in Rabat (Morocco). He studied at the Sorbonne in Paris where he obtained a PhD. He currently holds important positions in Morocco. He is Director of a large school and is a specialist in the ancient cities of Morocco. His position is such that his testimony is considered serious and credible. In this survey, we will no give his name.
His son is 17. He is currently pursuing higher studies in a large university in Paris.
The two witnesses do not wear glasses; their vision is 10/10. None were wearing sunglasses that day. The observation was made with their sight, without other means of observation (pair of binoculars or other)
Between 11 and 11:30 on the morning of July 25, 2007, N.B and his son are vacationing in Martyl.
They had decided to go to the beach that morning. The tide was high. It was a beautiful, cloudless sunny day with no waves – just a perfect environment. No boat were seen on the ocean surface, no seafaring craft anywhere in sight before, during and after the sighting. This vacation place is also industrial pollution free.
Mr. NB watches his son every now and then who was close to shore in the sea. While monitoring his son he suddenly sees a formation of objects flying above the sea level coming from the horizon at great velocity. As these UFOs arrive at the level of the witnesses, they turn sharply seawards and fly away at great speed. They turned just about at where NB’s son was standing – from this witnesses’ standpoint about 15 meters away.
“I thought they were going to hit my son,” he said. “Their approach seemed dangerous, but they just passed close by and then sped away and disappeared in a second.”
The sighting lasted approximately 20 seconds. The flying crafts flew from apparent horizon to beach and out of sight again, right to left, and appeared to be metallic in appearance. Both witnesses do not recall the colors of the unidentified carfts, but recall “they had no remarkably vivid colors but seemed to be grayish.”
The five UFOs seemed solidly linked together somehow though shaped by separate identical objects. “They seemed linked together by a transparent material, something glass-like,” declared NB. “Objects being one in back of another, I couldn’t see them clearly.”
The speed was very high. The witness was able to account for its high speed when the object was close to his son. The speed was constant with no variation. The witness estimated that the observation did not exceed 20 seconds. (Length as being the upper range of this setting). The objects had appeared on the horizon. The estimated duration of the displacement of objects (for the beach up to his son) and visibility of the object was about 5 to 7 seconds. These objects were noiseless around the witness. No wind, no cars, or any noise that could hide any noise emitted by the flying crafts. The sea surface was perfectly flat, no presence of shore breaking waves, boiling or other phenomena that could have been caused by the passage of the UFOs. The surface of the sea was really like a mirror. We also note that the kinetics of the shape was perfect without deceleration or wake effects on the water surface.
The mass seemed to move about 50 cm (19.6 inches) from the surface of water. Mr. NB added that he had the impression that it could affect swimmers.
The general movement of the objects was in a curve, fitting perfectly the shape of the beach.
More details given by the witness: The object was seen at eye level in the center of our field of vision on the horizon. The sun was at its highest in July which means that the rays are almost perpendicular to the ground (86° at 11.30 a.m.) This means they are in reflection or contrast, on the contrary, objects are lit with rays perpendicular to the axis of observation.
The shadow cast by the luminous mass enabled the witness to pay attention to this phenomenon and it seems likely that it is also with the help of this he was able to obtain an accurate measurement of distance of the object above the sea.
The mass, which came from the north, consisted of 5 or 6 items, maximum 7. These grayish objects had a length of about 30 cms (about one foot) and were all identical. They looked like small aircrafts. The witness observed these objects from three different perspectives: front view when they arrived on his right, sideways when they were close to his son and from the rear when they dashed away.
“I was about 15 meters (49.2 feet) from my son, who was sitting in the water on the beach. The beach is huge but only six or seven people were in the vicinity. The beach was relatively empty. Of these some bathed, others were sitting on the beach or stood, but apparently none had paid attention to the phenomenon.” His son, who was very close to these “airplanes,” was also able to observe and gave in fact the same description as his father. Mr. NB did not have time to move during the observation. He remained standing, stunned to see the phenomenon that was totally unknown.
Variations in the description between Witness NB and his son, NR 2
The question is whether the witness NR 2 observed variations in relation to the description of the father. Here is what was raised about this issue, and commented on by NB: “The only difference between the observation of my son and mine is that he considers the moving objects were moving in a straight line while I consider they turned around in a curve. Maybe this is because he had noticed the object in question only close to him and so he hadn’t a view only of half the displacement of the entire sighting from horizon to beach and away he recognizes that these objects were also grouped into a single system. He also confirms that it looked like small aircrafts. Their speed was immense.
WHAT WITNESSES STATE
Immediately after the observation, the witness thought of birds but soon realized that the speed and perfection of the flight were strange, incompatible with those of birds.
In this case it would have been a flight of metallic birds moving at breakneck speed.
His son had the same impression. He said:
“You see that? What is this stuff? It looks like small flying fish but the speed and regularity of their trajectory are perfect.
“It is not natural.”
The witness also thought of a flight of miniature aircraft, aircraft “that fly in formation but the speed and technology employed seem impossible and moreover, they were really small.”
As for people around the witness, whom he talked with, they saw nothing and felt indifferent.
As indicated in the title, this section covers only thoughts. They are not prepared analysis by specialists in the areas mentioned, which would be regarded as definitive and unassailable, but only ideas that will allow all subsequent readers to freely develop hypotheses about the possible identification of this object.
In the first version of this report, we presented an analysis by a rate determined from the vision of up to one eye, taking into account the situation of witnesses, but without taking into account the size of the object. This measure cannot be accepted. A more appropriate idea is at the end of this section.
The dimensions of the mass (1m on 1m) or by each small object (30 cms), which included, are well known as estimated during the passage of the mass was about 10 meters from the son and father of 25 meters.
Noise - Impact on the surface of the sea opinion from MP Engineer
Silence: unimaginable – even a glider at short distance makes noise, this observation relates to many previous ones. Although on this point, it is better to be cautious. It is arguable that a noise level of that of an electric motor could be covered by the waves (even if the witness said there were none, we must be realistic: there are always waves of the sea, even if some days they are softer and less noisy) and wind. I do not know Morocco, but on the north coast of Algeria, there is always wind, and probably the same in Morocco. Depending on the direction of the wind, a little noise could be imperceptible.
Note, however, that the witness saw the object from 25 m (82 feet) and his son was 10 m (32.8 feet) away, so the setting is a good reliability: no noise.
An object flying fast 0.30 cms above the water should leave a wake on water unless too light or its sustenance is not based on the same principles that our wings are. In conclusion: A witness quite exceptional - exceptional by the nature of observation: the size of objects, their formation flying in close proximity to a swimmer is, as far as I know, unprecedented.