Today, I came across a viral YouTube video that gave me that final push I needed to start up posts again. As a native of North Carolina (and a lover of the Outer Banks), I couldn’t hit play fast enough when I came across an article covering a UFO sighting off North Carolina’s coast. I like to stay as skeptical as I possibly can in most cases but this particular video was really exciting for me.
Unidentified Lights Off North Carolina’s Outer Banks
Uploaded just last month to the YouTube account of Williams Guy, “Real UFO Sighting” has the Internet’s paranormal community buzzing. The 30-second clip has already amassed an incredible 780,175 views as of today and with over 800 comments, there is clearly a lot to talk about.
The video is a little shaky and the lights themselves don’t get a TON of screen-time (to the dissatisfaction of many YouTube commenters) but it’s still a sight to behold. The video begins with Guy filming an empty ocean underneath a beautiful sunset with the lights out of frame. You can hear him exclaim, “Look, nothing in the sky, and then all of a sudden…” before turning the camera to face a series of 14 glowing orbs in the sky. The lights hang above the horizon completely motionless and, as Guy continues on, the ferry was in the middle of the ocean “nothing around. No land. No nothing”.
The lights were clearly an experience for Guy and a slew of onlookers as you can hear various ferry passengers in the background expressing shock and awe. As the video closes, Guy pans to the left and right where you can see what seems like an endless stretch of ocean on either side of the ferry.
What Are These Lights?
I had a great time reading through the YouTube comments on this one, let me tell you. When the video ended, I found myself saying “What? That’s it? Why did you stop filming?”, and I felt better once I saw that this seemed to be a pretty common reaction.
Aside from the complaints about the length of the video, there was another very big topic up for discussion amongst viewers: what are the lights? Depending on who you ask, there tend to be a couple of theories. I decided to scroll through the YouTube comments to get a general feel of what the YouTube community thought about it. There was, similarly to most viral UFO sightings, a lot of debate. Here are a few of my favorite comments:
There were the skeptics (which is healthy, of course):
Then there were those who couldn’t find it in themselves to dismiss it quite so easily:
I found the last comment particularly interesting as this is a pretty common thought surrounding similar UFO sightings. With the US Navy’s recent acknowledgment that the UFO footage released by To the Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences between December 2017 and March 2018 is genuine, there has never been a greater time to wonder what we’re seeing in the skies.
While providing a statement surrounding the changes in Navy policy regarding sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP, Navy spokesperson Joe Gradisher said, “This is all about frequent incursions into our training ranges by UAPs. Those incursions present a safety hazard to the safe flight of our aviators and the security of our operations.” It seems like times could be changing (fingers crossed) and these kinds of stories are something I can’t help but be excited by.
Military or Something Else?
Looking back at the article that first informed me about this sighting, I noticed a quote from a former Marine that provides an argument on the side of military involvement. Derrick Chennault, formerly based at the 2nd Marine Air Wing in Cherry Point, North Carolina, commented on the YouTube video to offer his military expertise. The base that Chennault served at is roughly 125 miles west of the Outer Banks.
According to Chennault, he’s pretty sure he has seen this kind of thing before. “We used to regularly drop flares out of the back of our plane in the evenings for military exercises in that area,” wrote Chennault. “They are one million candle power each so they were pretty bright and can be seen from far away and floated down slow as they hung from a parachute.”
With Chennault’s viewpoint in mind, I decided to watch the clip again. Although I have no real knowledge of military exercises, obviously, I could see how his explanation for the sighting could be plausible (although it pains me to say that). Then again, there’s that one little fact represented by the statement provided by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base located 77 miles northeast of Cherry Point. According to them, there were no documented cases of military aircraft flights in that area on the day of the sighting.
With that, we’re left wondering what exactly Williams Guy and his fellow passengers experienced on September 28th.
So, what’s your take on the viral video entitled, “ Real UFO Sighting “?
Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what you have to say.
I’m hoping to be back soon with more content! In the meantime, feel free to check out some of my previous posts.
Originally published at https://insidethesimulation.org on October 10, 2019.