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Mar 12 2013

Formation of Strange Objects in the Monongahela River

Formation of Strange Objects in the Monongahela River

February 10, 2013- Approximately 5 PM

Near Millsboro-Washington County, PA

It was late afternoon on February 10, 2013, as two men stood in a parking area not far from Millsboro in Washington County just along the bank of the Monongahela River.  It was still light outside and the weather was mild and dry at the time. As the men continued their conversation, one of them pointed to the river and said “look at that.”

It took a moment for the other man to look toward the water and focus on what his friend was seeing. About 30-40 feet away, a disturbance was noticed in the water. According to the witness that I interviewed, what was seen is hard to describe. There were 4-6 objects observed traveling north in the river. Each one was estimated to be about the size of a softball in size, and while it was difficult to make out a shape, they seemed roughly round. The objects appeared transparent and possibly of a grayish-silver color.

The objects moved together in a random group, yet they appeared to keep an equal distance between themselves. The witness said the speed would be similar to a duck landing on water. They were spread approximately 4-5 feet apart from each other, with an overall spread of 10-15 feet. Behind each object was a trail in the water that appeared to be about six feet in length. The trail itself seemed to be narrow and 6-8 inches in width. This gave the impression that whatever the objects were, they seemed to be propelled. The objects seemed to be all moving at the same speed.

Each object extended about 3-4 inches off the top of the water which caused the disturbance in the water as they moved. Whatever the objects were, they moved about 20 feet while under observation. Suddenly the group of objects all stopped at once and were no longer seen. It was as though they all sank or dove under the water at the same time. The witness told me that the observation of the objects “just suddenly ended,” and they were gone.

There were no bubbles, ripples, or water movement observed at that point. The entire event lasted only about 10 seconds. During the incident, the two men walked as closely as they could to the edge of the water to try figure of what they were seeing.

The water at the time of the incident was still, with no ripples or wakes, and no ice or debris were nearby. Both men discussed between themselves that they saw no people in boats or on the shore, and that no ducks or fish were observed in the area. Both observers are very familiar with the river and wildlife in the area. One of the men is an avid boater. They are both puzzled as to what they saw.

If you have seen anything strange in the rivers around Pittsburgh, please contact Stan: paufo@comcast.net.