The Ilkley Moor alien

What do you make of this picture? It is alleged to be an alien being, an EBE. Is it? I don’t know. I can say that it certainly looks like an alien being, in that it doesn’t look like anything familiar to me outside of anecdotes… and has a couple of differences even from them.

It is an enhanced crop originating from, we’re told, a scan of the original picture. The photo below, which is the full frame, is a poor copy of that image that someone has felt the need to stick the ubiquitous circle on, ever assuming that we all would never find the anomaly. I can’t find the scan of the full frame original anywhere online, but UFO Casebook has a cropped version of it, fortunately, reproduced just below our circled pic… click that one to see it full size.

Ilkley Moor, the original shot.
Ilkley Moor, color scan, 1987.

An odd aspect for me is that the alleged creature seems to sport the exact same texture as the shrubbery… just something to keep in mind. Probably just the grain of the emulsion.

Below is my enhanced crop from the poor copy above. As you can see it’s not too sporty… but perhaps useful for the pattern the little fellow makes. To my eye, it seems somewhat different shapewise, but at this horrid resolution not much can be deduced from this version.

The Ilkley Moor alien

This encounter occured on December 1st, 1987 in the early morning. It happened on the decidedly spooky, according to myriad reports, Ilkley Moor, located in Yorkshire, England. The lucky person involved was a police officer at the time, a man named Philip Spencer.

He wasn’t on duty and was walking along taking photos, hoping to catch some lighting anomalies that the Moor is known for (among other things).

It was then that he spotted this being on the hillside, sharply noting that it was gesturing at him as if to say “go away” – Spencer aimed his camera and captured the now-famous shot. The thing which was now fleeing the scene, Spencer took off after it. Arriving at a spot not too far away behind an outcrop on the other side of the hill, the little dude was gone… but there before him was a rather sporty-looking saucer… which of course promptly flew away. He didn’t get a shot of it, sadly.

The investigator on the case was one Peter Hough, a respected local UFO researcher. He sent the photo for analysis to an unnamed expert in wildlife photography. A reconstruction of the original site was built, determining the alien’s height: about 4 and a half feet. Kodak Laboratories in Hemel, Hempstead then had a go. They stated that the object is a part of the photo, it’s not superimposed. Finally Dr. Bruce Maccabee, an optical physicist with the United States Navy and DARPA and prominent UFOlogist personally known to this author had a look, but the film’s lack of resolution stymied efforts to render a conclusive verdict.

After further investigation, it was revealed that Philip Spencer had been abducted by this entity and had spent a good two hours in the object with several of the little guys. You can read the transcript of the regression at the UFO Casebook site. It turns out that the photo was taken after they’d borrowed him.

I’ve always been a bit bemused with the whole abduction business… and this one’s no different to me. The purpose of them seems very vague… at best… they just make no sense to me. Be that as it may, I remain open minded, as, hey, you never know.

I’m more interested in the photograph… and this one’s always fascinated me in it’s grainy, indistinct yet eerily suggestive quality.

Make of it what you will…

Sources:

www.ufocasebook.com/ilkleymoor.html

www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread57218/pg1

www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread517476/pg1

www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread261862/pg1

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Comments
  1. Gordon says:

    I am reminded of the time I saw a human body lying in a gully to the side of a road I was driving on. It was clearly a man lying face down. Assuming he might be injured I insisted on stopping the car, reversing and climbing down, only to find a discarded blue boiler suit on the ground.

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