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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Dark 7-Foot 'Owlman' Encountered Near Central Florida Conservation Area

A central Florida woman recently encounters a dark 7-fool tall 'Owlman' while walking her property near a conservation area. Since then, she has been vigilantly watching out for a subsequent appearance.

I recently received the following account:

"One of the accounts that I recently heard, while listening to YouTube, nearly caused me to crash my car. It was a story about the sighting of a large humanoid creature, wearing what appeared to be a black cloak, with an owl's face, in the central Florida area. Talk about a heart-stopping moment.

Here is my encounter with a similar entity:

It was an afternoon in late May this year (2021). I remember it was later in the afternoon, early evening, but it was a slightly overcast and gray day, so I cant tell you from memory if it was dusk or earlier. I live near a nature conservation area in the central Florida area. My husband and I were very fortunate to find our property - ample acreage, heavily wooded to the point where we cannot see our neighbors, or any lights from their homes. We lovingly call our home "The Swamp."

I was outside in our driveway, which is the only cleared space on our land, save for a natural circular clearing in our woods. I was walking back to our porch when for some reason, I was compelled to turn and look back to the tree line (around 80 - 100 feet away from the house).

I do want to note that there was not a single ounce of fear in me, in fact I was quite calm when I made eye contact with it. At first, I didn't register what I was looking at. I knew it was an owl, which for my woods is not an uncommon sighting. But then it kind of shifted and I saw more of it. It was not "just" an owl - It was the head of an owl on what I can only describe as the shoulders of a human, and it looked like it was wearing a dark cloak, either made of dark foliage or feathers. It was tall, and from the trees around it, I guessed around 7 foot or so. It just looked at me, and I looked at it.

I looked around and blinked - sincerely thinking it was a trick of the lighting, or my mind creating a "thing" where there was nothing, but no, when I looked back it was still there, calm and unmoving.

I was still unafraid (which is not normal for me as I can freak myself out easily). For some reason, I felt another urge, this time to nod. I nodded towards it, like I was showing my acknowledgement of it, it felt natural and right to do so, then turned and went inside my home. I did not go back outside that day, but the next morning I went back outside and stood in the same place on my porch to look at what it "may have been" and there was nothing I could even remotely try to place as "it". The space where it stood was between two trees at the opening to the forest line leading back to the small clearing, there were no low hanging branches, no large leaves, no anything that I could "trick" myself into believing that was what I had actually seen.

I have not seen it since then.

I did some mild searching on the internet, but found nothing even remotely close to it so I just let it go. Until today, when I heard that story about an hour ago now. Does anyone know what this might be? Has anyone else in the Central FL area (or anywhere) seen anything like this?" ML

The witness later added:

"There have been a couple times when on my car there have been remnants of I would describe as "guts" when I've been parked under a tree instead of the carport. I've always chalked it up to a large bird (hawk or owl) which is still the most probable - still gives me the shivers." ML

NOTE: I have contacted the witness in the hope of gathering more information. I suspect that this encounter occurred in the Green Swamp preserve area in Polk County. There have been unexplained winged humanoid accounts in the region previously, namely gargoyle-like flying beings. The natural owl species known to inhabit the area are not conducive to the description in the account, the largest being a Great Horned Owl. If there is any additional information, I'll post an update. Lon

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