UFO inspired metal boxes still vex experts while someone is taking the boxes away

FLORENCE, Ore. – There are many theories about strange metal boxes that started appearing along Oregon and West Coast beaches last week; while Feb. 15 brings new but vague answers.

In a world where people see lots of strange things on the Internet every day, something as interesting and unusual as these strange metal boxes has produced both suspicion and an unruly feeling of disorientation in people who can’t figure out what the boxes are, or where they came from. In turn, those who both viewed and touched a grouping of the boxes at a Florence beach Feb. 15 gave the boxes a sort of suspicious sideways squint. The boxes first surfaced as a story on Huliq last week after local UFO fans relating recent sightings at nearby Stonefield Beach. These UFO fans then pointed to “strange metal boxes” that “were revealed” after a recent UFO sightings. They said the boxes appeared “out of the blue,” while other locals simply said the boxes have the makings for yet more UFO lore; with people either believing or not believing. However, the metal boxes by themselves are something that is very real. So real, in fact, that William Hanshumaker, a Ph.D in marine education, and a member of the “Oregon Sea Grant Faculty” at the nearby Hatfield Marine Science Center, in Newport, has been investigating the “boxes” for the past week.

Strange boxes investigated

As of Feb. 15, Doctor Hanshumaker still doesn’t have a clue what the boxes are. Meanwhile, this marine science expert has passed around photos of the boxes – that are reported up and down West Coast beaches – and he said there is no consensus as to “what” the boxes are.

Sure, there’s been speculation that these “strange metal boxes” are possible docking pieces from oyster farms over in Japan -- that broke apart after the March 2011 earthquake and Tsunami that also slammed West Coast beaches, but how could something as huge as these boxes travel almost 5,000 miles across the Pacific from Japan to Oregon coastal beaches?

Moreover, Doctor Hanshumaker noted that “the boxes would have barnacles underneath” if they were floating out in the Pacific.

However, seven boxes were examined at local beaches near Florence on Feb. 15, and they’re clean all around with no barnacles but a sort of “membrane” film that can’t be scraped off that covers each of the remaining boxes.

In turn, locals at nearby Stonefield Beach and Bray’s Point – who first noticed the boxes after a late evening UFO sighting Feb. 5 – “with boxes up and down the beach on the morning of Feb. 6,” said a Bray’s Point local named Errol.

Police not involved in box mystery

Due to a lot of local and even international interest in the nature of these strange boxes, the local Florence Police Department was contacted officially Feb. 15. In turn, a police department spokesperson named Sarah told Huliq in an interview that “we have not received any reports or complaints about these boxes.”

Moreover, Sarah stated that “the beaches,” or the “Oregon coast is considered a state highway, and state police have jurisdiction over what’s on the beach.” In turn, the Oregon, Washington and California state police were also contacted, and each department reported no actions being taken to investigate the boxes.

However, police officials did state that it’s illegal for people to take things from coastal beaches; even while it’s common for locals and visitors to take pieces of driftwood.

Someone is taking the boxes

At the same time, boxes were seen being moved by a number of “white trucks” with heavy chains and upwards of four to six people seen pushing and then loading these strange metal boxes into the white trucks.

One local Florence couple – who stopped to exam one metal box – said in a Feb. 15 Huliq interview that “it sure looks unusual.”

Also, the couple said they were "drawn to the box," and that "it felt warm, like nothing we've ever felt before."

People seeing and touching the boxes

“Feel me, touch me, see me,” seems like something these boxes “might be saying to us,” quipped local UFO “watcher” Errol when taking more than 100 images of a group of these metal boxes near his Bray’s Point beach home Feb. 15. “I want to document this before someone runs off with our three boxes down the beach there,” he added with a vividly inventive mind that seemed both self-confident and worried.

Errol then noted with the demeanor of a very capable head football coach that “what we have here is a failure to communicate. We shared our story about UFO sightings, and nobody ever believes that, and then we told you about these boxes appearing, and everybody seemed interested.”

Lilly Moll’s theory about the boxes

While local UFO watcher Errol has the temperament of an underfed grizzly when it comes to those who view him as nuts for his UFO theories, he points to another Bray’s Point local named Lilly Moll who Errol says “generates awe” when it comes to the telling of the strange metal boxes story.

“Something happened here a lot time ago. It was something that altered my view of who I was on this Earth,” explained Moll while sitting on one of these metal boxes near her beach home at Bray’s Point.

Moll, who has this striking exotic quality that Errol say people are attracted to since “she must be in her nineties, and not weigh more than 80 or 90 pounds but she radiates a kind of beauty that’s can’t be explained, but felt deep inside your heart and mind.”

In turn, Moll reveals in a quite enigmatic, cipher quality that “the boxes are not for us to understand. They’re here for now and maybe gone tomorrow. That’s all.”

Image source of a local Florence, Oregon, couple who examine one of many strange metal boxes that literally popped up along West Coast beaches last week. Photo by Dave Masko

Comments

Submitted by Ielandgirl (not verified) on
Did anyone think to open one of these boxes. Maybe, just maybe they are coffins that fell to earth after an alien burial in space. Kindof what coild happen if we "buried" someone at sea in a box and it got washed up on a beach somewhere.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Is it me or does anyone find it odd that Dave Masko with Huliq is the only person covering this story? The local UFO fans surely would have had equipment they were using for their skywatch, or even just a cell phone that would have produced more photos. No photos of white trucks with several men carrying these boxes away? Errol surely would have offered some of the "more than 100 images" that he captured. What about William Hanschumaker? After "researching" the boxes for the past week, surely he would have a lot more information then the boxes should have had barnacles. Either this has hoax written all over it or there is much more opportunity/ explanation to dig much deeper into this Mr. Masko.

Submitted by Sung Manitu Tanka (not verified) on
I posted the brief summary of what they are and what they are for on my facebook page go read it facebook dot com forward slash thegreatwolf enjoy!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
rerally i cant belive someone hasent taken a pice of one or looked inside I know if it was me I would get a cam and analize it close/and get it tested

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
3 stories now, and only a few vauge pictures. There should be hundreds of pictures, including the old woman interviewed sitting on the box. This screams BS/ HOAX. Option 2 - something from Japan. Why? Well, tsunami debris started arriving here a few months ago. If these boxes are all the same, it makes sense they would travel in a similar pattern (thus landing at the same time). And 2) due to possible radiation contamination, TPTB would want to quietly and quickly remove them to avoid panic and contamination. But the complete lagging of at least hundreds of pictures, tells me it is complete BS. A story like this is about pictures, and not little old charismatic ladies. I think it is a complete fake to gain attention.

Submitted by JohKen (not verified) on
Please make this completely retarded idiocy GO AWAY

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
February 14, 2012 - Oregon Beach Metal Boxes? No Evidence. “I sent some assistants this weekend to the beach areas that are supposed to have the ‘unmovable’ metal boxes and there is nothing there.” - William Hanshumaker, Ph.D., Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon Two recent internet “news” stories have been circulated by a Dave Masko claiming 5-foot by 5-foot by nearly 1-foot-high metal boxes that made odd sounds had washed up on southern Oregon beaches such as Stonefield and Bray's Point since the first week of January 2012. The second Masko story referenced William Hanshumaker, Ph.D., who is a Senior Instructor at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. On Friday morning, February 10, 2012, I talked with Prof. Hanshumaker about the Masko article. Prof. Hanshumaker said he did not know anything about the metal boxes until Masko called his office around 5 PM on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Prof. Hanshumaker said he would make no comment until he saw the metal boxes for himself. Today, February 14, 2012, Prof. Bill Hanshumaker phoned me to say that assistants he asked to search this past weekend for the alleged metal boxes could find nothing. Further, half a dozen State Police, Coast Guard and police offices I contacted that have jurisdictions along the Oregon beaches do not have any report about metal boxes washed up on beaches to date. KVAL CBS 13 in Eugene, Oregon, east of the beaches, has never had a report of such metal boxes either. I also contacted the NOAA Marine Debris Program and talked with the West Coast Regional Coordinator, Nir Barnea, who is unaware of any metal box debris. Mr. Barnea did confirm that computer models indicate Japan's tsunami debris will start washing up on North American west coast beaches in 2013. NOAA is holding public meetings with some beach communities to answer questions. So far, scientists do not think the Japanese debris will have much radioactivity if and when it washes up on west coast beaches. Anyone who might have hard evidence about metal boxes that authorities can investigate, please email: earthfiles@earthfiles.com. Or call the Western Regional Oregon State Police dispatch office in Oregon at 541-265-5353. Also see: NOAA Marine Debris Program.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Assuming these boxes did exist the way things work is that the government would come and remove the boxes and all 'credible' witnesses such as Dr Hanshumaker would be instructed to deny all knowledge. As soon, as we hear that the credible witness in all of this denies all knowledge we immediately think 'HOAX', as above. It's just the way the cover-up machine works. So all you can do is either believe or not believe, or you could beg Dr Hanshumaker to tell you the truth, but I would imagine he would be fearful of the consequences. Incidently, his email account has been suspened, either because of the volume of emails he's receiving or because someone doesn't want him to talk.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Paranoid much?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Simply put, they are going to use specifically placed monoliths to help navigate us through uncharted territory as we pass through the "Treacherous Galactic equator". Universal physics allows to change the course of a planetary object from collisions with foreign bodies through the use of the most powerful magnets in the universe!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Sarah from the police - you got to be joking this is CRAP. Oh and now they can move the boxes make up your mind DM. NO ONE has seen any boxes, there are comments from people who live on the beach that have seen NOTHING your FULL of it. Maybe Marvel comics is looking for someone you should apply there.

Submitted by Roberta Sparrow (not verified) on
I feel embarrassed for the writer. He's making a fool of himself.

Submitted by mr.h (not verified) on
I walked stone field wayside in search of the ''humming scary imoveable metalic box''. yet to my great suprise the excursion was to no availe.I am local to the oregon coast born and raised. Liveing in such a small area with not much going on in way of entertainment i know these things to b fact, fact#1 stone field wayside is at the mouth of ten mile creek. what makes this relevant to my point,In the mid 1960's-early 70's our government tested erbacids like agent orange allover that valley contaminating the soil wildlife and yes the water. fact#2 agent orange dosent just go away trace ellaments remain to this day. these kinds of cancerous carcinoges are well known to cause miscarriage birth defects lung heart kidney and liver cancer tumor clusters specificly in the bra in so for all u who walk that beach its not aliens you've just got cancer you inbred white trash neanderthals to all who care we have been expecting a slew of japanese tsunami debris hmmmmm coincidence ithink nott

Submitted by CET (not verified) on
I can tell by mr.h's spelling that he is a very negative alien disinformation technician sent here to make sure we don't find out why those boxes keep appearing and disappearing!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It is clear that you have not won any spelling bees, but really? You don't need to insult these folks to get your point out there. Mr. H I'm embarrassed for you! If you cannot prove that these boxes were tsunami debris, then you have no right to call these other people liars. Show yourself a little respect. If you can't say anything nice or constructive: SHUT THE F#%@ UP!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Has anyone compared the shape/dimensions to the strange ice blocks that have been found in rivers elsewhere in the world?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I was reading about this also. Comparing the size/shape/dimensions to the boxes is such a good idea. This baffles me, like the sounds heard around the world. If these are hoaxes, they are pretty good ones. And is taking people a lot to make them successful ones I'd guess. Debris seems to be the most logical explanation here. But what if?

Submitted by not a skeptic (not verified) on
It is kind of weird that no one else is reporting on this and also the pic at the top looks like a USOBO (unidentified something on the beach object). If this is real then it means that theres a huge news blackout, if not then a mean joke.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
And nothing is adding up. Though I live in Oregon, I have not had a moment to investigate. All I can say is Huliq is the only website reporting on this, with a few others simply directing traffic here. Many comments indicate people HAVE investigated the phenomenon and found nothing. And what the hell is Huliq anyway? The design of the site is so circa. 1998 that I can only believe it is a place for amatuer journalists to post whatever news they can invent. Me'thinks Mr. Masko may be some sort of weird cyber-sociopath.

Submitted by Beach Bum (not verified) on
Something as odd as this would have hundreds of people on the beach. When a whale gets beached people show up in droves everyone of them with a cellphone camera recording video to post to YouTube. People would be showing up to recover scrap metal in this economy, they'd be banging boxes with hammers chisels for souvenir pieces. Yet nothing, silence.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
We need to find out who this Dave Masako guy is who reported it and try and contact him; to the author of this article, how the hell did you find out about this? I personally emailed the marine biologist mentioned as well and he told me he sent people to investigate it and found nothing.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
http://ufogrid.com/ufo/articles/opinion-mystery-or-hoax-strange-metal-boxes-and-ufos

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It is interesting that David Masko has been a reporter for both the Air Force and the Defense Department, at least according to his bio. That fact and the lack of corroborating evidence for this story smells as fishy as...the Oregon coast.

Submitted by Anonymousd (not verified) on
This is Pure BS and so stupid to hold this story ongoing is like children in adult body walking around consuming McDonalds.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I have seen the boxes. Or at least two boxes that certainly resemble the descriptions. They were on the beach at the South Jetty of the Siuslaw River last week when I was out there. Frankly, they resembled something that would have washed off of a fishing vessel, or a dock somewhere. They were covered with fiberglass and a very tough 'marine-like' finish. No strange emanations or vibrations coming from them.

Submitted by Roberta Sparrow (not verified) on
This article is poorly written science fiction, and the author is laughing at his audience for believing it. Dr. Hanschumacker never saw any evidence that these "mysterious boxes" ever existed. from another site "Two recent internet “news” stories have been circulated by a Dave Masko claiming 5-foot by 5-foot by nearly 1-foot-high metal boxes that made odd sounds had washed up on southern Oregon beaches such as Stonefield and Bray's Point since the first week of January 2012. The second Masko story referenced William Hanshumaker, Ph.D., who is a Senior Instructor at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. On Friday morning, February 10, 2012, I talked with Prof. Hanshumaker about the Masko article. Prof. Hanshumaker said he did not know anything about the metal boxes until Masko called his office around 5 PM on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Prof. Hanshumaker said he would make no comment until he saw the metal boxes for himself. Today, February 14, 2012, Prof. Bill Hanshumaker phoned me to say that assistants he asked to search this past weekend for the alleged metal boxes could find nothing. Further, half a dozen State Police, Coast Guard and police offices I contacted that have jurisdictions along the Oregon beaches do not have any report about metal boxes washed up on beaches to date. KVAL CBS 13 in Eugene, Oregon, east of the beaches, has never had a report of such metal boxes either. I also contacted the NOAA Marine Debris Program and talked with the West Coast Regional Coordinator, Nir Barnea, who is unaware of any metal box debris. Mr. Barnea did confirm that computer models indicate Japan's tsunami debris will start washing up on North American west coast beaches in 2013. NOAA is holding public meetings with some beach communities to answer questions. So far, scientists do not think the Japanese debris will have much radioactivity if and when it washes up on west coast beaches. Anyone who might have hard evidence about metal boxes that authorities can investigate, please email: earthfiles@earthfiles.com. Or call the Western Regional Oregon State Police dispatch office in Oregon at 541-265-5353. Also see: NOAA Marine Debris Program."

Submitted by Rob (not verified) on
I wonder if they are some type of sensor(whether human/ET). I only mention this, because there's a giant fault line off that area. And just maybe(Lord forbid) someone put them there to measure ground or the event(maybe if they're ET's they learned about a giant disaster in this time frame, and traveled to this time to witness,record it). I know that's out there but, isn't impossible consisering all the activity all over the WORLD.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I saw them loading the boxes in that van. The mystery machine!

Submitted by Dave Fiasko (not verified) on
Please, please can we have a photo of cool hand luke quoting 'Errol' (never a last name) who has been the source of so many of Dave Masko's Ufo stories. While you're at it get one of the bewitching 90 year old beauty who was posing on one of the many boxes that no-one can find. Your part of Oregon sounds weird and not in an X files, type way.

Submitted by Earthchanges (not verified) on
According to the Zetas the number of these boxes around the world range within the thousands. And they are placed here by aliens to abort sudden and jolting place movements. See poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/mystery-boxes-on-fault-lines-the-zetas-explain

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This story has generated a lot of buzz among the pseudo-science / paranormal crowd (who are willing to believe anything as long as it does NOt have real science involved). But the story is firmly determined to have been a hoax. Lots of us in Yachats here have either looked or know someone who did, and nothing ever turned up. Whatever was there washed away again. Stuff washes up on the beaches here alot - it's winter for heaven's sake. Also....do a search on Masko and you'll see the dozens of publications and officials that have debunked or decried past mis-informative posts, like the one beach magazine that documented how he made up stuff about radiation from japan n stuff coming here. Not a pretty past.

Submitted by CET (not verified) on
I love reading the comments to stories like this. I bet the truth lies somewhere in between stupid hoax and alien invasion. I am from Northern California and am very familiar with the west coast. Oregon beaches are quite similar to the California beaches from the Russian river outlet to the north. Someone could tell you to meet them at a certain beach up the coast but the chances of finding them there if you are not a local or extremely familiar with the area, you would never find them. Its the needle in a haystack thing. Boxes? You want to locate a box or boxes someone saw on the beach? Good luck with that. Unless one of the good people in the Huluq article, perhaps Lily Moll, gives us the GPS coordinates of the box she's sitting on, it would be really hard to find unless you were just lucky. Any idea of how many linear miles of beach there are in Oregon? 363 miles! I'll plant a few 4' X 4' boxes half buried in the sand somewhere in this 363 mile coastline and we'll see if you can find them. Oh I'll give you a hint by telling you the general area they are reported to have been seen. My other comment is that it's a well known fact in the UFO disclosure community that when some sort of possible UFO smoking gun is reported, certain people working for certain govt agencies spend a lot of time sending out hoax stories about it; its called "disinformation," and its been very effective over the years in keeping folks laughing about this subject when in fact it's anything but funny~ Lets put out those GPS coordinates people!

Submitted by mr.h (not verified) on
its been a ruff couple of years for the coastal towns economically so if this gives people an excuse to flock towards our coastal community in search of aliens atlantis or the oso retarded notion of humming boxes on the beach. then i say um ya aliens have made contact come check it out stay a wile and dont forget to spend some money you gullible lemmings.

Submitted by Brian (not verified) on
PULLEASSSSE.... This is soooo much a hoax. This guy Dave Masko, who wrote the original story and now has 'updated it (above), is completely non- credible. He also writes baloney about bigfoot and anything else that will make a splash. When you read the accounts of these boxes, you see some people (according to Dave Masko) claim they showed up around the 6th of Feb. but were all moved away by white trucks. That's supposedly why no one except Dave M. has seen the boxes. But then you see in this latest 'update' that Masko says there were 7 of the boxes on the beach in Florence Or on the 15th of feb.. So are they still there or not? Masko makes this stuff up, then quotes a reputable scientist who has no comment other than "i have no idea what they might be'. That only proves the guy answered a question on the phone about what sort of boxes might have washed up on the beach. The scientist never even saw a box. Quoting him doesn't make the boxes real. I live on the oregon coast . Ocean front, as a matter of fact. There are no boxes. Never were any boxes. No one here knows anything about any boxes. By the way ... the update on this page shows a third photo taken by Dave Masko. Not only is it a bad, long distance shot, but isn't it amusing that the ONLY photos of these alleged boxes are taken by this Dave Masko? If there were any boxes, surely someone else besides the guy who made up this fiction, would have taken a photo. What makes a guy start a hoax like this? One more thing. I dare anyone to actually get a hold of this Dave Masko. Google him and see that he lives near florence oregon and writes junk like this all the time. Then get him to post some videos or at least some serious photos of these 'mystery boxes'

Submitted by ShoshoniLadd (not verified) on
I can't believe that metal boxes not claimed by anyone were not quickly stolen by those metal recycling freaks that take copper, tin, aluminum, and any other kind of metal that is not tied down...

Submitted by Dave Fiasko (not verified) on
One more request, how did Ufos ''inspire' the boxes? Are the boxes sentient now and going to take part in the local art show where they will exhibit paintings they did of Ufo's? See it's not just Dave Masko that can come up with crazy stuff.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
marine science experts and others have determined that they are - drum roll, please - wood-framed, fiberglass-covered dock floats.

Submitted by Shinchan (not verified) on
The warmth could be emanating from radio waves or micro waves possible radiation due to the unknown metal. Kinda like our barrels of radiation, this could possibly be theirs dump there garbage before leaving.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Dave Masko is an idiot that can not be believed. His BIO says he was a reporter for the Defense Department at one time, that is probably a lie but if its true you know THEY lie to us all the time. No matter how you look at this, Masko's writings were fabricated, cost real people money to investigate and added to the misinformation that permeates the internet. Dave Masko also gave Florence, OR a black eye and I guess that pisses me off more than anything. If I see you in town Dave, you better believe I will publicly embarrass you which is the least you deserve. Hopefully you sell that old house on Spruce St and move on!

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