In December 1978 a number of strange lights were reported zipping around the skies in New Zealand’s Kaikoura Mountain Range. The first sighting was reported on December 21st when an air cargo crew were startled by the appearance of several strange lights tracking alongside their aircraft. The lights would follow them for several minutes before disappearing and reappearing some distance away. The pilots described the lights as varying sizes with some being as big as a house and others small enough to fit in your hand. The lights appeared on the aircrafts radar as well as the radar at the air traffic control in Wellington several hundred kilometres away.
The initial report was followed by many more sightings reported by the general public. An Air Force Skyhawk plane was put on stand-by to investigate any reported sightings. Since the initial December 1978 sightings the lights have returned intermittently with US Navy pilots capturing videos of the lights in 2004 and 2015.
Declassified documents from the CIA stated that the sightings were unique among civilian UFO sightings as there was a wealth of well documented evidence of the occurrence including footage from a professional Australian film crew who journeyed to New Zealand specifically to investigate the lights.
A Journalist named Quentin Fogarty was on a plane on the night of December 30, 1978 when the mysterious lights appeared in front of the aircraft.
“On the flight down, what we basically saw were pinpricks of light that turned into great globes of light, and they were airborne, and they were between us and the coast because we could see the coast and we could see the sea, and we could see these things shining down,” he says.
Once they got to Christchurch they gathered some better quality film and got on another plane to Blenheim. The lights followed them for their entire journey and they were able to capture a huge amount of footage of the lights. At the same time as the flights two separate radar systems detected the movement of the strange lights in their systems.
An investigation was conducted by the NZ Ministry of Defence which concluded that the lights were just reflections from ground level bouncing off of the clouds. Many people believe this explanation to be unconvincing including the pilots who witnessed the incidents. Perhaps the lights could be simple reflections but that doesn’t explain why they are captured on radar at a speed of 140 knots. UFO enthusiasts continue to investigate the footage and any further sightings of the Kaikoura Lights hoping to come up with a more satisfying explanation for them.
The Blue Man of Studham Common
An artist’s interpretation of the Blue Man of Studham Common. Image: NEN Gallery
Many think that over 50 years ago, aliens came to Studham, a peaceful village near Dunstable, Bedfordshire, UK. This belief was sparked by a strange story told by six young boys in January 1967, who said they saw something very unusual.
Six Boys and the Blue Man of Studham
Studham Common, where the boys saw the strange blue man. Was it an alien?
The event occurred on January 28, 1967, around 1:45 p.m., right after lunch. It took place near the Whipsnade Park Zoo, at Studham Common in Bedfordshire, U.K. Five, six, or seven boys, all 10 and 11 years old – Alex Butler, Tony Banks, Terry Cahill, Colin Lonsdale, David Inglis – were involved. They were playing before school started again at 2:00 p.m. at Studham Lower School.
The sky was clear even though it had been raining earlier. The boys were near a footpath leading to a low valley called Dell. This area, full of bushes and trees next to Studham Common, was a great place for them to play hide-and-seek.
The boys were playing and having fun at Studham Common when suddenly a blue lightning bolt appeared nearby. A 10-year-old boy noticed a small blue figure standing about 20 yards away, next to some bushes.
The figure was said to be around three feet tall, and it had a hat or helmet that was about two feet tall. The hat looked like a bowler hat without a brim, with a rounded top. The figure’s body was a shiny dark blue-grey color, which made it hard to see the figure’s shape and details clearly. It had a large black belt that was hanging down, with a black box about 6 square inches in size attached at the front.
The figure’s face had two round eyes and a flat, triangular shape where the nose should be. It had a split blue or blueish beard, with the two parts running down each side of the chest. There seemed to be a line or edge of hair or something similar at the top of the helmet, just above the eyes. The figure’s arms were short and stayed by its sides without moving. Its legs and feet were barely visible.
When they tried to approach the figure, he vanished as if he disappeared into smoke. Interestingly, they spotted him again, standing another 20 yards away. Each time they tried to get closer, he disappeared and reappeared further away. Eventually, the boys decided to hide and watch him from behind the bushes.
The Flying Saucer Review, a publication that spoke to the children, said they started hearing voices that seemed like unintelligible chatter from somewhere near them in the bushes. The boys felt like the blue figure was communicating with others, even though he didn’t move.
This made them cautious, so they didn’t rush towards the figure anymore. They continued to watch from a distance until they saw him standing still in the same spot for the fourth and last time.
The boys ran to their classroom and told their teacher about it, who didn’t believe them, but the local media and people who believe in UFOs took it seriously.
Apparently, all the different stories about this event were gathered in a book titled The Little Blue Man On Studham Common, but we have not been able to track this down.
Possible Explanations for the Blue Man of Studham Common
Drone footage of Studham Common, where the strange blue man was reportedly seen.
Some have suggested that the story is probably a hoax, made up by the school boys to get attention. The boys involved however have never wavered from their stories.
If the story is not just a hoax perpetrated by the school boys perhaps it truly was an encounter with something extraterrestrial or paranormal. Many alien abductees report missing time or having memories that don’t make sense, like they were planted. Perhaps the “blue man” was a memory planted in all of the boys’ minds to cover up something more sinister.
What do you think really happened at Studham Common? Tell us your theories in the comments.
The Green Whale of Bantam Lake
Picturesque Bantam Lake where the Green Whale UFO was spotted in 2012. Image: Wikipedia
Before dawn on April 10, 2012, a motorist and a state trooper ten miles apart reported witnessing a colossal, neon-green object plunging from the sky into Bantam Lake, Connecticut.
Sightings of the “Green Whale”
A map of the location of Bantam Lake in Connecticut
The Republican American newspaper first reported the story on a Thursday morning. They said a driver in Litchfield saw a green, glowing object as big as a whale fall from the sky into Bantam Lake around 2 a.m. on the previous Tuesday. At the same time, a police officer about 10 miles away in Warren told the police station he saw something fall from the sky near Bantam or Morris.
Firefighters from Morris went up and down the lake in a boat to see if a plane had crashed, but they didn’t find anything. The search was stopped, and the mystery was not solved.
People living in the area found the story interesting, and some businesses tried to use the story to attract customers. But some people wanted to know what really happened.
Robert LaBonne, who used to be the president of the Bantam Lake Protective Association, wrote an email to two local politicians, State Sen. Andrew Roraback and State Rep. Craig Miner. He told them he was getting emails from people as far away as Florida asking what was being done to figure out the mystery.
Bob Leigh, called The Litchfield County Times one late Thursday afternoon. He said that he and two of his friends saw the same thing at the same place about two years ago, around the same time.
Mr. Leigh said that the whole sky turned into a strange green light and then it was gone.
Leigh and his friends looked at each other and wondered what that thing was. He said it came from the sky like a green blob.
A new report covering the story of the Green Whale of Bantam Lake
Possible Mundane Explanations for the Green Whale
It is not known for sure what exactly fell from the sky on that fateful April monring and so far there have been no searches conducted in the lake.
Brian Koberlein, a space scientist and writer, told CT Insider that meteoroids and asteroids can look green when they burn up in our atmosphere because of the iron-nickel in them. He thinks a meteor might be responsible for what was seen.
He said that it’s hard to tell where something is and how big it is in the night sky. For example, the moon looks really big when it’s low in the sky, but it’s always the same size. The same thing can happen with meteors.
They might look big, bright, and close to the ground, but they’re usually higher up and just look like they’re near the horizon. Since this event happened during a meteor shower, and green meteors are not unusual, he thinks it was probably a meteor.
Have you ever seen anything like the Green Whale of Bantam Lake? Tell us about it in the comments.
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