Unidentified Floating Object In Bermuda’s Waters

August 12, 2012

[Updated] The police issued a notice this evening [Aug 12] saying there is an “object” in Bermuda’s waters, and although it is not believed to be dangerous, it should only be handled by experts and under no circumstances should anyone attempt to handle it.

The police said they are making contact with US authorities to “obtain a full understanding of the object.”

Police spokesman Dwayne Caines said: “At approximately 1:10pm today [Sunday] Bermuda Radio and the Bermuda Police Service received a call from a mariner who reported seeing a suspicious floating object in Bermuda’s territorial waters.

“Bermuda Police Service is making contact with US authorities to obtain a full understanding of the object and to ascertain if they can assist with its recovery.

“This object is not believed to be dangerous however it should only be handled by experts. If anyone should come into contact with this object, simply record the GPS co-ordinates and report to Harbour Radio immediately.

“It should be important to note: under no circumstance should anyone attempt to handle this object,” concluded Mr Caines.

Update 10.13pm: Speaking with Harbour Radio, they said they received a call this afternoon describing the sighting of an “unknown object” in the Challenger Banks area.

The “object” was described as cylindrical in shape, approximately 6 feet long and around 10 inches in diameter. Harbour Radio said both the Bermuda Police and U.S. Coast Guard were informed. They also repeated what the police said, asking mariners to report any sightings of the “object” to Harbour Radio.

Update 2.07am: The “object” has been determined to be a scientific glider used to collect marine data which was recently deployed by scientists from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences [BIOS].

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  1. Strange says:

    What is it? Hope they keep us in the loop as I would be interested to know.

    • mangrove tree says:

      probably BQM 74 e target drone, it wont go bang.

      i want the engine so i can win the seagull race…………….

      • Tommy Chong says:

        I don’t think so, no white tip or us star. Probably something similar designed to explore underwater. It looks damaged but could of had a camera attached.

        • mangrove tree says:

          i think some one on the RG website has got it right, AUV not an target drone.

    • Science Geek says:

      It is called a Spray Glider and it is an oceanographic research instrument. Nothing dangerous about it but it does use lithium batteries for power which can be dangerous if shorted, wet or deposed of in fire.

  2. yamon says:

    obviously drugs, you tow that behind a boat

  3. Doug says:

    some sort of US weather device? hopefully

  4. joker says:

    Looks like a drone/missile

  5. Tired of being sick and tired says:

    Looks like a missile. Hmmm

  6. Tommy Chong says:

    Looks like an underwater drone. At least it doesn’t look like it’s got anything dangerous on it. Probably belongs to one of the exploration boats.

  7. Silly- ness says:

    …it’s just an underwater probe that collects oceanic data and beams it to a satellite– there are apparently more than 3000 of these harmless probes floating in the ocean collecting data for scientists. no missiles.. no underwater attacks :)

  8. Razor says:

    Could be just a toy?

  9. Doug says:

    you’d think someone would have claimed it by now since the images were shot during the day… hmm

    • mixitup says:

      Yea it belongs to somebody here *rolling eyes*

      • Smitty says:

        it probably belongs to the BIOS. looks like a device for oceanic research

        • mixitup says:

          Yikes!! I thought the Cayman Islands were invading us!!!

  10. Phill says:

    It belongs to BIOS…. Ask them yourselves :P

  11. Ummm says:

    That looks like a Drone, which begs the question what in the WORLD is it doing near our waters?! Confiscate it and hold it at the regiment!

    • Smitty says:

      it looks like a Bluefin Spray Glider AUV that might belong to BIOS

  12. Politely Pompous says:

    Many people got it right that it belongs to BIOS and that it was a device for research. Now, what I want to know is did the Bda. Police think to check with anyone here before they contacted U.S. authorities, and why aren’t all the relevant authorities here made aware of stuff like this? When BIOS released it, was information passed along including photographs of this thing in case someone came across one?

    Just looking at this forum, people knew what it was, yet those that should have known didn’t. Did they even think to ask anyone here in Bermuda, or even look online before they got all hysterical and assumed it was a missile-they could have scared the crap out of someone. There’s a serious lack of communication on this island. U.S. authorities must think we’re a bunch of idiots…

  13. The Truth (Most Imitated) says:

    It would help if they put BIOS on it so all this nonsense could be avoided. That’s to say that they didn’t have any ID markings on it.

    • Mayan says:

      @The Truth (Most Imitated): EXACTLY! That would have been the obvious answer. I agree, this made us look like a bunch of idiots.

      • pwndwg says:

        Another report said that it did have ID on it but the photo didn’t show them. BIOS said they thought it had been lost at the bottom of the ocean. Clearly it wouldn’t normally be a hazard to shipping floating around on the surface. I don’t think it’d be practical for BIOS to tell every fisherman about every thing they deploy in the ocean. It certainly doesn’t happen in the US or UK. The bright orange color scheme might be a clue as to its non-sinister purpose (at least in this application). The fact that it’s upside down may also be a clue to the problem. Maybe it got attacked by a shark and lost comms or control when it was flipped over.

  14. UFO says:

    On Saturday night floating fireballs were sighted in the sky over St. Georges! Go figure!

    • Mayan says:

      I am a completely sane person but I once saw a UFO on North Shore. When I say UFO, I’m not saying that it was aliens but it was exactly that-an unidentified flying object. It was green and hovering near the shoreline and was changing colour from green to yellow. It scared the crap out of me. After hovering for awhile, it shot out sideways and out of sight over the ocean. There was actually something in the newspaper about it as lots of other people saw it as well.

      Upon doing research online, I found out that sightings of this thing happen all over the world with everyone describing it as green and that it changes colours. I saw it change to yellow but some have seen it change to red.

      I personally think it could be some kind of spying device/military related. That in and of itself is scary because what country is controlling it and why would it be over here in Bermuda-like what would it want with us? We think we’re out here in the middle of nowhere and that nobody will ever bother us but how do we know that-Bermuda is so conveniently located to the U.S. we can’t assume that enemies of the U.S. aren’t interested in us. People always mock people who claim to have seen UFO’s but too many people all over the world have seen them-not everyone is lying or crazy…militaries have all kinds of technology the average person knows nothing about…

  15. Would definitely be something to see zoom past while scuba diving! Whoa!