Sunday, November 28, 2021

Flying Manta Rays Observed in the U.S. Northern Plains

A witness in the U.S. Northern Plains discusses their observance of flying Manta Rays and the characteristics noticed during the sightings. Have you had similar sightings?

I recently received the following information:

"I thought I was hallucinating when I first saw them. It seems that not everybody can see them. My kids and I can, my wife cannot.

I have not been able to capture them on camera, and infrared seems to have no noticeable effect on capturing images of them.

The flying Manta Rays are translucent.

They can best be seen at duck and dawn on the higher altitudes, at 6000 feet+. It's like looking for a shiny speak in the sky. You can sometimes see them through scopes or binoculars.

I haven't figured out what they eat, or if they even eat or drink. I haven't seen any signs of reproduction or mating.

They seem to like to play in the wind currents on a lightly breezy day, and play like fish. I think the black, blue and gray colors indicates that they have an illness.

Sometimes they can be seen in the wake of migrating birds, and airplanes.  It seems that they "swim" through the sky and can move at incredible speeds.

Casually, from others, I heard of some large ones that circle over the ocean. I haven't been able to rule out if they are reflections of critters in the sea, or an actual species in the sky. I think there are other types of flying ghost fish-like creatures that swim in the sky.

Attached is map of areas where I had the best luck seeing them." EB


NOTE: EB's observations are very similar to other witnesses, especially the undulating flight movements and occasional translucency observances. Many times, it does seem that only specific individuals are able to see these anomalies, much like the sightings of the winged humanoids.

It is my theory that these are some type of bio-form craft, possibly of an extraterrestrial origin. Your thoughts? Lon  


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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Utah's Aerial Anomalies: Flying Giant Manta Rays, Winged Humanoids & Monster Birds

I recently received a telephone call from a couple in Provo, Utah who referenced the giant flying Manta Ray that has been seen in the area. I decided to go back a find other flying anomalies reported in Utah.

"I was visiting my then fiancé (now wife) in northern Arizona. I lived in Idaho at the time. I was making the trip back late at night and for those who don’t know, there are two major highways along this Idaho to Arizona route. US-15 that goes through Idaho into Utah and then US-89 that goes from Utah to Arizona. Now there is a mountain pass that connects these two highways, Rt-20, and this is where it all happened. (Giving location in case anyone is familiar with the area)

So my trip. I was headed back north and I was along this Rt-20, the road through the mountain. It was about 1 or 2 am and there was not much moonlight. Along this road there are a lot of deer and elk as you could imagine and you need to keep an eye out at night. That’s what I thought I saw at first. I saw a set of eyes in the distance, you know that yellowish bluish glare you see when your headlights are toward a deer, about eye-level of where I was seated in my car. As I got closer I saw the actual silhouette of this thing and I didn’t know what I was looking at. It looked to be 7 or 8 feet tall. I’m not good at estimating but this thing was big. All of the sudden, as soon as I think I’m going to get a good look at this thing, it spreads a set of gigantic wings and flies away. I pulled over and just watched it fly toward a heavily forested area toward the summit of the mountain. After that it was gone. I didn’t see it later that night or ever again on any of my travels.

I’ve tried to research into similar stories or any stories from that area but come up dry. The closest thing I could find are the stories of the Mothman but I’m not sure if it matches my description of the creature or if I was in the right environment. The other thing to keep in mind is that there are many Native American reservations around, the biggest being the Navajo reservation just being a couple hours south. That being said the next best idea is that it was a Skinwalker. Being Native myself, I understand skinwalkers in a “deeper” way and have had many encounters of my own that were much more explainable, if you want to call it that. I don’t think this was a skinwalker. When a skinwalker is around you get overwhelmed with this dark feeling/power. If you know, you know. There were no such “feelings,” just lots of confusion.

I just wanted to see if anyone has an experience with a creature like this or from this area. For more reference the closest towns were: Panguitch, Ut, Richfield, Ut, and Beaver, Ut." HG

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I recently received a telephone call from an eyewitness 'JR' who claims she observed a huge winged creature in Lihi, Utah.

This incident occurred in the summer of 2017, on a very hot clear day at approximately midday. JR states that she had stopped for a traffic light when she noticed several Sandhill Cranes flying across the sky in front of her. She says that she was about 150-200 feet away. Apparently this is a nesting area for Sandhill Cranes.

As she watched, she saw a large dark wing creature descending towards the cranes. As it got closer, she was astonished by the size. It was definitely avian in form, with feathered wings that she estimates spanned 20 feet are more. JR has a Biology degree and is well-versed in the local avian wildlife.

The monstrous bird literally snatched one of the Sandhill Cranes, rose up and ascended on a thermal. It quickly headed off and away from the area. JR said that she noticed a band of white color on the front edge of the wings. She likened the shape to that of a Golden Eagle, but that the body was smaller in comparison to the huge wings. She also said the massive bird was 'at least' 4-times the size of the Sandhill Cranes!

JR said that she noticed only one other car at the intersection and doubts that they witnessed the event. She contacted her professor and asked for his opinion. He was flummoxed and told JR that she must have misidentified the bird. She is positive at what she saw. JR has made many attempts to identify the cryptid bird, but has been frustrated. She found me on Google and called to retell her observation. Lon

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"I would say around June 2013, in Salina, Utah, I was walking under a street lamp with a friend. He was talking and I was looking at the stars as we walked. We walked under a street lamp that was also shining light upwards. Plain as day, I saw a flying humanoid (head, body, arms and legs almost like human) fly above the street lamp flying about 10 feet from the edge of the asphalt road, 30 to 40 off the ground, flying in the opposite direction as we were walking. The creature was traveling south on the west side of the road.

The height I would say is around the size of an adult human. It's arms, legs and body were athletic looking but looked like it hardly had any muscle. It had five fingers like us BUT had three toes. The toes narrowed down to a point, like a cone or triangle. It had two wings, one coming off each shoulder. The length of the wing was about the length of the creatures arm. The wings were narrow and had very little surface area. I did not see the creature flap its wings to fly. Its wings looked too small to support its body. Plus the body was parallel to the ground and was elongated like it was laying down while flying (the weight of the hips/legs/feet should have been sagging towards the ground). It had small hooks like things that came off from the creature's leg, mid-calf area and faced outward. I did not see any breasts or a penis. I don't know what sex it was. Hopefully it does not reproduce but I am sure it does.

I have told many people about what I saw that night, most people don't believe me. Although I did run into a guy that saw one, I'd say the same species of the creature. He was camping also around Salina, UT area. It flew down/ swooped at him and made a creepy noise." SE

My original post is below:

A witness reports seeing a 'gigantic black manta-ray' flying across the Provo, Utah sky. This sighting led to further reports of this bizarre cryptid.

The following account was forwarded to me by Danny B. Stewart, who posted this information at his site at Utah Stories:

About eleven years ago a woman shared an interesting story with me. Late one June night she was walking along University Ave., a little after 10 PM and near 300 South when she saw a “gigantic black manta-ray” flying across the Provo sky. “This thing was four-hundred feet in the air, coming from the South-East and flying North-West. It had a fourteen-foot wingspan and its body and tail were probably twenty-five feet long. It flew directly over the Provo City Tabernacle (Now a Temple) eventually disappearing into the night sky.”

I didn’t put much credence into this sighting, but I decided to share it on my ghost tour anyway, The Original Provo Utah Ghost Tour with Danny B Stewart. It was a lark, plus there are similar stories of strange flying beings found all over the world, but this was a rarity for Utah a one-time event, or so I thought… In 2013 another woman presented me with an almost identical story, she saw something, in June of 2011, that was the same size, shape, and was flying the same trajectory. It even appeared around the same time as the other one.

Years passed, local “ghost” and “beastie” stories were told, and I began to grow tired of telling the Manta-Ray story. I was about to retire it from my ghost tour completely. But in September of 2018, I was standing in front of the Provo temple, giving one of my tours, actually talking about said-beastie, when one of the attendees began to look a little bewildered, almost...worried. My girlfriend and assistant Tara approached him and he says to her… “I saw it!” “Just recently!” “This Year!” He saw something much like the “Manta-Ray” climbing on the side of the old tower of the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. (I’m paraphrasing here and basing this on what Tara told me he relayed to her.) It was big and black in color, climbing on the side of the building like a bat would climb on the side of a barn door. It climbed to the top of the tower, leaped-off and flew into the night towards the north-west. I have tried to get more information from this gentleman, but he has been reluctant to share anything further.

Funnily enough, another person came forward a month later with another sighting or a “flying-ray” although this sighting was not in relation to the Provo beastie, Again, I was giving a tour and talking about the “Ray” when I saw a young man whispering (in amazement) to his girlfriend. I approached him as we were walking to the next ghostly-location and he told me he has seen something exactly like I had described while he was surfing in California. He said, “It was huge and soaring in and out of the clouds!” There was an overcast. He watched for over fifteen minutes as it would appear and disappear within the clouds until it flew out of his sight. He had never told anyone about what he had seen because he was afraid people would make fun of him. He also had nothing to base what he had seen on.

This is the case for many people who have experienced extraordinary events or have had sightings of what can only be described as “Ghosts” or “Monsters.” People all over the world are seeing and encountering things that have no place in their historical or mythological memory banks to fit in. So they sit on them.

Nevertheless, if these people are to be believed and if they did indeed see some kind of large flying animal above the Provo Utah sky then we have another beautiful cryptozoological mystery on our hands.

Update from Danny Stewart – 2-24-2020

August of 2019, I was in the midst of an appointment with my ear nose and throat doctor at the Utah Valley Hospital (Formally Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.) for a pre-surgery appointment. While we were talking my doctor asked me what I did for a living. I explained to him what I do and he asked me to share one of my favorite stories, so I told him about the “Manta-Ray.” Naturally he thought it was extremely interesting, especially since my story directly related to some much needed light he was about to shed upon the mystery.

Sometime before they razed the old hospital, construction workers discovered a large colony of bats living in the crawl spaces at the top level of the old hospital towers. Apparently for years, hospital employees and patrons had been seeing a large group of bats flying to and from the top of the hospital towers at night, always/either from the South East to the North West, stopping at the tower, or leaving the tower and flying North West… The same trajectory as the Giant Flying Manta Ray!!

This revelation hit me like a ton of bricks! Of course!! “This is what people have been seeing for all these years!” “This is beautiful!” I said to out loud very giddily. I asked my doctor if I could use this information and he said of course, as long as he could remain anonymous, and so here we are!

You see...this is true cryptozoology! This is how it’s supposed to work! We aren’t always looking for a literal dinosaur in the lake, or in this case a “Monster” Manta-Ray soaring through the skies of Provo Utah! In this case people were seeing a colony of bats flying ‘to a fro’ and sometimes these bats took the shape of what people thought was a Giant Flying Manta Ray! I love that I am both the father and the unraveler of this piece of local folklore and even though we now know what this critter is/was it doesn’t make the story any less important to folklore.

Danny B. Stewart is a researcher, performance artist, teacher, lecturer, and professional storyteller and he hasn’t seen the Giant Flying Manta-Ray yet, but whenever he’s in Provo, he’s always looking up.

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Did I Encounter The Real 'Men In Black?'

A Lancashire man and his companion, was contacted by supposed students from a local university who were interested in an abduction experience. Were these the real 'Men in Black?'

The following account was recently forwarded to me:

"My abduction experience was on the 22nd of October 1991 at approximately 7:45PM local time. The location was Red Rock, a small village surrounded by fields, 3 miles from Wigan Town Centre, and a couple of miles from the start of moors near an area called Winter Hill, Lancashire.

As for the MIBs, well, that is more difficult. For some reason, I did not make a note of the date. I cannot even remember the year! In fact, since my abduction, it’s as if I am not supposed to remember. I believe it may have been 1993.

The contact with the MIBs I mention to you was not the first, but I feel it was the most important. I received a phone call out of the blue from a person purporting to be a student from a nearby university. He said that he had heard a lot about me, and my experiences in ufology. He and a friend of his were very interested in my story and would like to meet me. He sounded genuine, so I said yes.

For whatever reasons they wanted to meet me at Wigan North Western railway station (an Inter City link). All was duly organised and a friend and I (there is no way I was meeting them on my own) waited for their train to arrive.

When the southbound unit arrived, only 5 people alighted, 3 females and two big chaps. When my friend and I saw the blokes we both exclaimed, "No way are we getting involved with them!" It was obviously “them.” They were enormous, very tall, 6' 6" at least. Mean looking, battle-worn, scarred faces and in their mid-twenties. I have never seen meaner looking guys in my life! We kept a low profile and decided not to meet them. They left the railway station and we watched them head into town.

Shortly afterwards, my mobile phone rang and, you've guessed, it was one of "them." He asked where had we got to and why had we not met them. I stumbled over my words for a moment, made a pathetic excuse and told him I was on my way to their location and to give me a minute or so and we could have a coffee with them. He agreed and we plucked up courage and with great trepidation we made our way to their location (We never got to have a coffee, as they were very eager to get on).

They "stuck out like sore thumbs" amongst the average shopper, so it was easy to find them.
I am 6' tall and not easily frightened, but something about those two gave me the creeps. My friend never spoke throughout the introductions and they almost completely ignored him. In fact I got the impression they weren't happy to see him! They gave me their first names but I have completely forgotten them.

One of them appeared to be more "senior." He also appeared to be very dangerous. The other slightly smaller guy, seemed kinder and at first, hardly spoke and listened intently to what his partner was asking me and to my replies.

They had no transport and asked me to take them to the areas were I had had contact with aliens and UFOs. I told them that I had a car, and if they followed me we could get in the car and make our way to the areas in question. Strange as it may seem. They both appeared a little worried at this and for the first time since meeting them I felt more relaxed and in control.

We all got in the car and made our way to the first destination. “They," in turn, bombarded me with questions. Some related to my abduction and sightings experiences, but others about me personally, and what my feelings were about the UK and my opinions as to what the aliens and UFOs wanted. Also, why I thought the aliens were visiting Earth. They took notes continuously and also recorded our conversations on pocket recorders.

It must be said, that in their own way they were quite friendly and courteous. But you could see that "under the surface" they were dangerous individuals. I was also convinced that they were carrying firearms. I cannot explain why I thought they were armed; it was just a "feeling."

On reaching the first location, they took charge, asking me to stand near to the area of the "sighting" whilst they took photographs of me near to the site. They were very thorough and never dropped their guard for a moment. They took a great deal of photographs. They also seemed very interested and at the same time a little bewildered. It was as if they were as baffled by the UFO phenomenon as I was.

I also had the impression that they were "lost." I know it sounds daft, but it was similar to a child who had got separated from a parent in a shopping precinct, utter bewilderment and loss. I started to become more confident, and felt that perhaps it was because it was my car we were travelling in I had some form of control over the situation. I genuinely sensed that they were both unhappy with this. We visited most of the locations in question and spent a number of hours together. I was almost hoarse with answering their questions, but felt I had to.

On returning to Wigan Town Centre, they thanked me and told me to be careful. Then the taller guy said, "Thanks. It’s been very interesting and we are quite happy with you. There's no problem, you won't hear from us again." I thought to myself, what a strange thing to say, what do they mean "happy with you." Anyway, I said, "OK, it’s a pleasure. If you really need to see me again, please feel free to call me." He then said, "There’s no need, we've got all the information we require, we'll catch our train now."

It was then that I had the bright idea to offer them a lift back to their "university." Their mood altered and they became very edgy and nervous. But, I insisted! They very reluctantly agreed and told me to head north on the M6. We got in the car and I deliberately drove like a demon! I felt that I was now in control! And, in the rear view mirror as we travelled at high speed up the M6 motorway, I could see that they were very nervous. If it was because they were “trapped” in my car. I will never know, but they weren't happy.

As we approached the Preston link, one of the exclaimed that they could we drop them off in Preston as they had just remembered a meeting they had arranged there. I reluctantly agreed, pulled up near Preston City Centre, shook their very powerful hands, and that was that.

I have never heard from them or seen them since.

Later, summing up the meeting, I felt that they were just two guys doing a job and for some strange reason I felt sorry for them. I also rang a number of universities, but no one had heard of them!" WGE


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Friday, November 26, 2021

Terrifying Bigfoot Scream Alarms Southern Oregon Family

A man recalls hearing a terrifying scream while he was a boy living with his family in southern Oregon. He hears the same sound on the BFRO site 28 years later, and realizes that it was a Bigfoot.

The following account was recently forwarded to me:

"I have heard deer make some pretty strange noises, but never heard one make a hissing noise myself. I'm not saying they can't. I have heard some noises in the woods that I could not explain, but the one that scared me the most was when I was about 15 years old.

I had gone to bed about 11PM and was reading with all the lights off except a lamp beside my bed. At about 12 or 12:30AM I heard a faint noise coming from the creek bottom about 3/4 miles away. We rented a house on a 300-acre cattle farm in southern Oregon. The 300-acres was backed up to a 2000 acre timber company tract with no roads except logging trails. I had heard bobcats, cougar, and all other calls before as my older brother and I hunted those woods all the time. This noise or call was different. It would start with a low pitch moan or howl, then rise into a high pitch scream, and then end with a undulating cough or grunt. It's hard to explain because I had never heard it before or since. The ending sounded kind of like the ending of a elk bugle when the large bulls grunt, but not exactly.

It kept coming closer toward the house through the pasture and past the barns that were about 100 yards below the house. I had gotten up, loaded my 30-30 lever action and started up the hallway toward the front door. Now, I was already scared, but what happened next filled me with terror.

As I was walking by my parent's bedroom door which was open, my dad says, "son, stay in the house." I said "what is that noise?" He said, "I don't know. I never heard anything like it before." I froze in my tracks. I knew if my father was afraid of whatever it was. At that point, I wanted no part of it. (He was a WWII veteran, had hunted those same woods since he was a boy in the 1930s, had walked everywhere he went until he got a car after returning from the war night or day).

The noise, call or whatever it was was so loud it felt like the windows were vibrating. I listened as it passed by the house in a pine thicket, crossed the highway and faded out of hearing. The whole thing lasted about 10-15 minutes.

I had not heard anything even close to that until I found the BFRO site and listened to some of the so-called Bigfoot calls. They made my hair tingle on my neck and brought back that old memory from 28 years ago." R


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Red-Eyed Insectoid Entity Lunges At Children in Merseyside Barn

Four children in Merseyside, England are playing in an old abandoned barn when they are attacked by a unknown red-eyed insectoid being. They are left hysterical after the incident.

The following account was reported in the Liverpool Echo in October 2020:

The four children were playing in a barn when they came across the unknown creature. Four children were left "hysterical" after an unknown creature in an abandoned and 'haunted' barn lunged towards them. In May 1951, the children went to play in one of the old deserted barns that once stood on Roby’s Carr Lane. Dozens of locals recalled the rumours about a terrifying "thing" which would leave the "dilapidated" barn after dark and roam Roby and parts of Huyton in the present day Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley, Merseyside, England.

But despite their parents warnings of the old structures falling on them, rough sleepers living in the former farm buildings and hearing strange stories about the place from other children, they still decided to explore the "haunted" barn. The creature was described as having dark brown shiny skin, an insect-like shell on its back, two huge red eyes and when it stood was over six feet in height.

In May 1951 a gang of four children - Tony, aged eight, Jill, aged seven, and Alan and George, both aged 10 - went to play in one of the old deserted barns on Roby’s Carr Lane. George’s parents had warned him about playing in dilapidated old houses by telling him the places could fall in on him and that tramps living in the former farm buildings might attack and even kill him, but George was a very disobedient lad and it was he who suggested exploring the - old haunted barn - on Carr Lane. He’d heard strange stories about the place from other children, and one boy had told George the barn was used as an air-raid shelter during the war. The four children ran down Roby Road and onto Carr Lane, all led by George, the self-appointed gang leader. They reached the deserted barn, and being a typical English May afternoon, it began to rain. The sound of rainfall on the tiles scared the youngest gang member Jill. George had a box of matches and told everyone to find anything that could burn to make a fire. “This can be our new den” he said, striking a Swan Vesta match. “I’ve found a candle!” said an excited Alan, and he picked up the three-inch stub of the candle and handed it to George, who gently pulled the blackened wick out slightly, then lit it.

A small fire made from a splintered wooden drawer, newspapers, dry leaves and twigs was lit, and now by the light of the candle and the fire, the gang noticed the strange graffiti on one of the walls. There were what looked like charcoal sketches of people in possibly 1930s and 1940s clothes and hairstyles, and a number of head and shoulder portraits. The sketches were quite good, and the artist was undoubtedly talented. The children were not aware that the drawings on the wall had been made in the war years when people gathered in the barn - which served as a sort of ad hoc air raid shelter. The artist is unknown, but he or she might be the same artist who painted very similar portraits of people from the 1940s in a bituminous paint on the walls of an air raid shelter under Wavertree Park on Edge Lane. The artistic style was later described as being very similar to the Roby artwork.

On the same wall as the charcoal drawing there was a very creepy sketch of some unearthly creature with huge round eyes, pointed ears like a cat, a massive mouth ringed with pointed teeth, and long spindly legs and arms. The thing had a pointed tail reminiscent of a wasp’s stinger, and next to this alarming life-size drawing there were strange symbols and glyphs like a coded message, and then the large block letter words: ‘KEEP OUT’. Jill didn’t like this drawing of the “monster one bit, and said they should all leave the place. “That’s the bogeyman who eats little girls”, George told Jill, and he winked at Alan, who realised his friend was just telling a fib to scare the girl. Alan said: “Yeah, I’ve heard about him - Mr Bogey. They’ve found girls skeletons in here”. All of a sudden, the children heard a low moaning sound, and something came into the room on all fours from a hole in the wall. At first the gang thought it was a dog, but as it came within the purlieu of illumination given off by the fire, the children saw this was no dog - it was that thing that had been depicted in the wall drawing.

It had dark brown shiny skin, an insect-like shell on its back, two huge red eyes that George later described as looking like “belly buttons” and a large gaping fanged mouth. It stood up and was well over six feet in height. It lunged at the kids with long spindly arms and clawed hands, and they screamed and fled from the barn. The gang narrowly missed being run down as they ran in blind panic across Roby Road. They all went to Jill’s house on Station Road, and the girl’s mother was furious when she saw that her daughter had wet herself. Jill was so hysterical she couldn’t tell her parents what had happened, and when George told the girl’s mother and father about the “monster” they didn’t believe him. I mentioned this incident on the Billy Butler Show years ago, and lots of people contacted me on air. They recalled the barn on Carr Lane with the weird drawings, and most maintained that it was demolished around 1960.


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