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Canada's Shag Harbour UFO mystery turns 52

Posted on Monday, 7 October, 2019 | Comment icon 32 comments

The site of the incident is now marked with a sign. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 SnowyBadger
A new coin has been released to mark the anniversary of one of Canada's most enduring UFO mysteries.
The incident, which occurred on October 4, 1967, involved multiple witnesses who saw a well-lit saucer-shaped object descend from the sky into the ocean a short distance from the shoreline.

"We saw lights in the sky and just thought it was an airplane and after a while as we [were] going up the road the lights went from flying level to going down to a 45 degree angle," said Laurie Wilkens, one of a dozen people who reported their sighting to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that night.

When officers arrived at the scene they witnessed the object, which was estimated to be around 18 meters in diameter, floating on the water with its lights still flashing.

"Unlike so many cases, the UFO hung around and it was still there and they watched it maneuver on the water," said Chris Styles, an author who has written two books about the incident.
"They attempted to reach it [however] before they could the object either submerged or disappeared."

Despite extensive efforts by Canadian Navy divers to locate the object on the sea floor, no trace of it was ever found and the incident was ultimately dismissed as unexplained.

Now in celebration of the 52nd anniversary of the mystery, the Royal Canada Mint has released a new glow-in-the-dark coin depicting the moment the object was sighted by witnesses near the shoreline.

"You try and cover the full spectrum of the Canadian experience and these oddball stories are part and parcel of that fabric," said mint spokesman Alex Reeves.

Source: BBC News | Comments (32)

Tags: UFO, Shag Harbour

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #23 Posted by stereologist on 9 October, 2019, 20:05
These imaginary situations are only inspected by skeptics since they are interested in evidence. Making up stories is the realm of the close minded scoffer. There are no reports of ships with radar in the area. Seems that bizarre speculation continues to be rampant.
Comment icon #24 Posted by stereologist on 9 October, 2019, 20:36
So what is there to these stories from Shag harbor. You'd think that the stories were made up by the sort of people that make up UFO stories. Real facts are blended together, distorted, embellished, and finally enhanced with fiction to produce a story that does not appear to have happened.   There were two sets of teens that saw either 3 or 4 lights descend towards the water. Lots of other things have been added to these reports. There have even been additions that did not occur that night but at other times. That's just the way these things work. The waters are muddied by distortions, embelli... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by stereologist on 9 October, 2019, 20:41
A common embellishment is the story now, not at the time, that something floating in the water left a trail of yellow foam. That wasn't reported at the time of the events. What was reported? People searching for things in the water reported foam on the water. They reported that it might have been yellowish. Anyone who has seen sea foam knows it can have a yellowish or brownish tint to it. That seems pretty normal. But did the people reporting the foam see it come from the floating object? No. Did people report a floating light? Yes. Did the people report that the floating light was leaving foa... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 9 October, 2019, 23:52
Of course there are. The USS Princeton is the one that got radar evidence of those tic -tac UFOs. there are many many military ships in the world and a lot of them have radar. I am sure Canada is no exception.  Such a ship need not be in the harbor. Radar can see images (1967) for over 150 miles.  In the end, I can't figure why the search action was taken just on the basis of a few witnesses claiming that a UFO went under the water. They must have had radar images.
Comment icon #27 Posted by the13bats on 10 October, 2019, 0:13
  Can you link to documents showing there was any underwater search?
Comment icon #28 Posted by stereologist on 10 October, 2019, 12:56
There was no radar recording. The original information comes from two sets of teenagers that observed the event. Did the Princeton get radar evidence of the tic-tac? There was one tic-tac as reported by Fravor. One and only one. That is one UFO and only one. Can radar see over 150 miles? Of course and as pointed out it would NOT see below the horizon. At 150 miles anything below 3.5km is below the horizon. Let's help you with the story about Shag Harbor. The reason that a search was done was not because of your fantasy radar idea. It was done because people thought a plane might have crashed.
Comment icon #29 Posted by the13bats on 10 October, 2019, 21:47
We know boats hunted a plane crash, and while stretchy if this happened here a flare can leave residue on water, What im curious about since styles doesnt list names or sources or colabaration to prove his versions of the "search" in his book, how much if any did they search underwater? Not rumor, not stories or hearsay, did any real military documents outline any search and what if anything was seen.
Comment icon #30 Posted by stereologist on 10 October, 2019, 22:15
Here is what I found at one site. https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4565 I think that was a good call on your part attempting to verify parts of the story. There are plenty of folks that have taken this story hook, line, and sinker and have pulled a DeLonge - accepting anything without a second thought.
Comment icon #31 Posted by the13bats on 10 October, 2019, 23:05
I like skeptoid, I've read that one, but even then we do not know who these alleged divers were, "rescue workers" Navy? Of course the Styles camp goes off the deep end, they must have been some military or quesi military super secret black opos group who saw alien craft yada yada etc. I was going the other way like i do in these old cases like roswell that get blow all to hell decades later by attention seekers embelliments, I am skeptical there was much if any divers at shag harbor if anyone did dive it was low level. i believe after fishing boats spent time and money hunting and found zip it... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by jmccr8 on 11 October, 2019, 5:36
Hi ThereWeAreThen Carpets and hair cuts aren't the first thing that comes to mind, from Canada. jmccr8

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