Jan 15, 2016 I Paul Seaburn

Arguments Heat Up Over Canadian UFO Sighting

A Canadian UFO sighting which occurred in June 2014 is causing heated arguments this week as UFO experts clash with skeptics over what was seen and recorded. Have a look, listen to the arguments and join in.

The witness, John Sheppard, says he and his wife were camping at the Twin Shores campground, near Kensington, on the north shore of Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) on June 4, 2014. At about 11:30 pm, he witnessed a strange light moving 75 meters (250 feet) above the water and about one kilometer (.6 mile) from the shore. He recorded it and second light for eight minutes and later told CBC News in a report on January 12, 2016, that he felt unsettled because it was like nothing he’d ever seen.


This is the report that started the arguments. It reveals that Sheppard sent the video to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) of Canada (Case # 57090) and it concluded – after conducting its usual thorough investigation – that what Sheppard saw was an unidentified aerial vehicle (UAV) – their term for UFO. Not only that, MUFON assistant director for Canada Stu Bundy called it a really good sighting.

It's very rare. Extremely rare. This is great. This is a really serious sighting, and we still refer to it as one of the best UFO sightings in the Maritimes.

That’s when the unleashed argumentative barrage (UAB) hit the fan. In an updated CBC report, Paul Gray, the Halifax president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, said the UAV was actually an easily identified 11:42 p.m. Air Canada flight approaching the Îles-de-la-Madeleine airport whose runway was in the direction that Sheppard’s cellphone was pointed when he shot the video. He attributes the movement of the “UAV” to the unsteadiness of Sheppard’s hand.

Next up is former park employee Hugh McCormack, who said the lights were from two parachute flares, which he had witnessed before, dropped by Canadian military planes, possibly during training exercises.

Nuh-uh, says local resident Ross Thompson, who claims he saw a UFO during the summer of 2014 that he found out later was a lighted drone that belonged to someone renting a nearby cottage.

Bundy says MUFON investigators considered all of those scenarios. They said the time-frame of the video didn’t match any flights landing at the airport and a drone expert said the light didn’t act like any drone he was familiar with.

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UFO witness John Sheppard stands by his story and so does MUFON

So what do we know? John Sheppard says he saw and recorded something strange in the sky that left him unsettled. MUFON did its usual extensive investigations and calls this one of the best UFO/UAV sightings ever. Others with experience in aircraft or the locale say it has a identifiable explanation.

What do you think? This is what makes ufology interesting and challenging.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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