SHAG HARBOUR, N.S. – A near capacity crowd was on hand at the Shag Harbour Incident Society UFO Museum on Oct. 6 to hear about, and see video and photographic evidence of, a daytime UFO sighting over Cape Sable Island on Sept. 15.
Noted UFO researcher Chris Styles, who was one of four witnesses to the Sept. 15 unidentified flying object sighting, was on hand to make the “brief presentation of new evidence.”
It just so happened that on Sept. 15, Styles, as well as his good friend Justin Brown, were in the local area. Styles was in the area to meet with local resident and unidentified flying object (UFO) experiencer Heather Doucette. The two had plans to travel to Yarmouth to look at some UFO video evidence someone had filmed off Yarmouth and meet with another person who had witnessed one.
Brown was on Cape Sable Island to do a film with South Side resident Rodney Ross, who had an encounter with a sea monster in 1976. He had plans to meet up with Styles and Doucette later on. As it happened, the person with the video evidence cancelled so Brown decided to stay on Cape Sable Island and shoot some drone footage.
“We get to Yarmouth at 3:04 (p.m.) and the phone rang. It was Justin Brown. He was over-the-top excited,” said Styles. “He said, ‘Chris you have to get to Cape Sable right now because there’s been a UFO hovering over me for 10 minutes.’”
At the time Brown was in Centerville, where Stanley Greenwood’s boat building shop once stood. Styles and Doucette made their way to Cape Sable Island, getting a call while en route from Laurie Wickens, one of the eyewitnesses to the 1967 Shag Harbour UFO sighting, telling them he was on site with Brown, and they were now at the Daniel’s Head beach in South Side.
Styles recalled arriving at the beach, cresting the dune and seeing Brown and Wickens standing in the exact same spot as a UFO experiencer who had shared their story with Styles this summer.
The unknown object, which had been appearing and disappearing, reappeared about a minute after Styles and Doucette arrived.
“The first sighting it was quite distant and was out over the water,” said Styles. “When I first seen it, I thought it could be weather balloon, but something seemed a little odd. At this point it’s basically a white sphere out over the ocean.”
Styles said he noticed there “was a steady light wind at our backs,” later learning the wind was west at 8 mph. “It was obvious what’s out there was coming against the wind toward us,” he said.
Styles said it was hard to guess what size the sphere was because conditions were so clear so there was little to draw a comparison to.
“The sky was blue. There were no clouds. The moon was up, a half moon. Conditions were almost too good,” he said.
Styles said one thing he noticed that was very odd was when it was directly overhead there seemed to be a powder blue pattern within the white sphere. “When you seen it overhead it was oriented the same way to us as when it out over the ocean.”
Styles was able to view the sphere through binoculars before it disappeared for the last time. He said his best estimate is the sphere was 2,000 to 5,000 feet up – “about the size of a cue ball in terms of apparent size” given how high up it was from them at that moment. For Styles and Doucette, the sighting lasted about seven minutes, with the sphere disappearing and reappearing several times. For Brown, the sighting lasted an hour and 20 minutes. Wickens was on site for about 25 minutes.
Styles said when reviewing the video footage shot by Brown, “The whole clip you can clearly see it’s not rising in altitude like a weather balloon,” said Styles, noting a seagull enters the frame at one point, proving its not a blue background with a photoshop mock-up as some have suggested.
Shag Harbour is most well known for a UFO incident that occurred on Oct. 4, 1967 during which a sequence of lights was observed by several witnesses traveling along the horizon from some time before the unidentified flying object plunged into the water, leaving a yellow foam behind and unanswered questions that still linger to this day. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the Shag Harbour UFO Incident, which has been called the best documented UFO case in Canada.