I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

OK, we have a new mystery to deal with.

It seems retirees in the lazy coastal town of Stonefield Beach, Oregon have discovered some strange goings on in their community.

After several folks reported seeing UFOs, odd metal boxes began to show up in the surf.

Witnesses say the boxes are a robust 5’X5’X20″, “not movable” (whatever that means) and are (Now get this!) giving off a high pitched “wail”. Hmmm, we can’t seem to get rid of this sound thing, can we?

Speculation ranges from them being alien in origin to washed up radioactive debris from the Japanese disaster. I even found one theory that says the boxes are part of an obscure art exhibit.

Here’s the skinny from Huliq:

STONEFIELD BEACH, Ore. – A dog fixed this strange metal box in a blue-eyed vise here at Stonefield Beach Feb. 6 after a weekend filled with what locals call intense UFO sightings.

A dog’s eyes leaving his face for the flutter of a moment made locals here at Stonefield Beach feel even more at ease late Feb. 6 after dog after dog barked and growled at a strange metal box that locals say “suddenly appeared at dawn Monday” after a weekend filled with what locals call intense UFO sightings. “These metal looking boxes, that are about 20 inches in height and are a complete square of five foot by five foot are sunk deep in the surf” both here at Stonefield Beach – a popular Oregon coastal beach lookout for UFOs – and down the coast as far as we know “with yet more of these square metal containers that have no opening and are sealed all around,” explains Oregon UFO “watcher” Errol who lives nearby at Bray’s Point. In turn, these boxes are “not moveable,” and they are solid and metallic and seem to have this keening wail coming from both the boxes and the atmosphere around them,” adds Errol who’s been called in to “see what’s up” by locals thinking it “has something to do with UFOs” quipped a local senior named Doris who said she also heard “a miaowing wail come from the boxes Sunday evening.”

Strange beach boxes cause a stir

It’s as if an alarm went off, when a “high, shrill, piercing, frightening ring caught our attention Sunday evening,” explained Doris, a local senior whose retired and lives nearby Stonefield Beach. “I know crazy things happen over at Stonefield, but when you walk down and see that metal box sort of glowing in the surf it gets your attention real quick.”

In turn, local Oregon Forest Service fish biologists – who’ve been called in to help explain what is now been revealed as “a series of metal boxes buried into the surf up and down the Oregon coast, and possibly as far down the coast as northern California” – is more than enough to catch one’s attention, added Doris in trying to explain “what’s not explainable.”

What is known is a “sustained whine of something akin to an ambulance siren” awoke locals near Stonefield Beach and other areas of the Oregon coast Sunday evening, Jan. 5, beginning at approximately 4 a.m.

At the same time, Doris said this area around Stonefield Beach is a very “quiet place,” where “nothing but seagulls and the Pacific Ocean waves to break the quiet.”

Brain plays tricks even when metal boxes appear

While these “metal boxes” buried up and down the Oregon coast are real to the touch and sight, a local professor of psychology – whose attempted to explain away the “strange goings on at both Bray’s Point and here at Stonefield Beach,” thinks the many “of these remote living residents who claim to see UFOs at night are simply not using the tool between their ears to figure this stuff out.”

In turn, this retired professor said in a Feb. 6 Huliq interview at Stonefield Beach that most locals and visitors here “looking for those UFOs” are more or less carrying their own “baggage or self-as-content,” with views and experiences that now seem to define them.

Doris added: “The doc is saying we’re all a bunch of nuts to believe in UFOs.”

What’s real about UFOs?

Yet, the professor – who specialized in repressed memories when he taught at university and had his own private practice – noted that Doris and others are in a sort of “constant frame of reference when they converse with each other that UFOs have appeared.”

“I’ve seen this Stonefield Beach crowd carry on at meetings about UFOs being spotted in the sky, and I’m confident they believe these things to be true.”

However, the professor says there’s “good hard science that can probably explain away each and every claim they’ve made about UFOs and aliens about at Stonefield Beach and Bray’s Point. But, this perspective comes at a cost,” he asserted; while stating that “such beliefs in UFOs can lead them to label themselves, either positively or negatively, in very limiting ways.”

For example, the professor said “I don’t know if these metal boxes are something to worry about or not.”

And, “I don’t know if Errol is an expert on UFOs. Just because people come to him with their stories of UFOs doesn’t make it real.”

“I prefer hard science,” he added.

Seems Professor No Name has quite a pair as he essentially insults people who believe they’ve seen UFOs. Of course, this could all be part of some odd plan of sorts and maybe he’s in on it.

At this point the story has just begun it’s trek across cyberspace, so an explanation was not apparent at the time of this report.

Thanks to Huliq for this interesting tidbit.

Associated scuttlebutt:

UFO sightings part of spiritual…

  • I like how the only picture they have for this story isn’t a picture of the mysterious box, but a picture of a dog who happens to be standing next to at least half a box. I guess the alien box wasn’t as interesting as the dog.

  • Kimm

    This is a hoax. Nowhere on the web was I able to find anything about it. The Oregon media would be buzzing about the boxes. No idea who the supposed psychology professor is either which throws up a big, red flag.

  • The Oshmar

    I agree, this will be a hoax or some misguided marketing ploy, lack of video of the “wail” doesn’t help the case.

  • Peter

    I’m with ScaryTrue. I’d shoot so many pictures of any mysterious phenomena my finger would hurt. Solely based on the fact there only seems to be half a picture I am calling BS on this.

    Nevertheless, I don’t know where he gets them but Scott always comes up with stories I have never heard before and I do very much appreciate them.

  • Lindsay

    blah. blah. blah.

  • whipthorn

    Seriously? “Sealed all around” yet no one has dug one up to examine one? How could you even guess the dimension without doing that? Oh wait, if you were part of the hoax, you totally could.

    And a town filled with retired folks who see UFOs all the time? Sounds to me like someone needs attention…

  • Maybe Stonefield Beach will have to change their name to Metalbox Beach. This story– so many things: They “suddenly appeared at dawn?” Like not throughout the night and the local folk didn’t notice until dawn because that’s when people typically wake up and that’s when it’s light out so you can see them? Or was there really someone out there the whole night who witnessed them all suddenly appearing at one time which just happened to be at dawn? For Pete’s sake, why would a biologist be called for metal boxes– they’re boxes, and they’re made of metal. Not biological material. And, a senior named Doris, well that’s just too much of a cliché. This story sounds like it was written by an 11h grader. At least I hope an 11th grader wrote it, Whipthorn, I’ll be sad if it really is old folk wanting attention. Sad! Scott, your humor here, priceless.

  • whipthorn

    The more I look into this, the more it seems that Dave Masko has cornered the market on anything and everything UFO related in Stonefield Beach. I find a bunch of sites quoting his stories, but nothing by an outside writer.

    On top of that, a search of his name shows he is a freelance writer (read as “paid by the story”) and has a lot of material on The Examiner. He’s 40 minutes away from Stonefield Beach, according to a couple sites who give his current city of residence.

    I’d like to change my answer to “someone needs to pay the bills”.

  • justin

    If its not a hoax, which i suspect it is! It could merely be containers of some description which have been washed off a ship and swept onto the shoreline

  • Henry

    A very simply verified story and easily investigated in greater depth. I can hardly wait to hear the results of both.
    Really, I mean that.

  • Digicom

    Everyone seems to be missing the real “discovery” here: buoyant metal. I had. I idea that metal boxes could float (especially ones that are presumably too heavy to move on land). Perhaps these physics-defying metal boxes are able to take on the characteristic of the environment around them. This would explain their ability to float…as well as the whining sound.

  • Tarnsy

    It would have been more believable if that was a cat instead.

  • It does sound like a great premise for a sci-fi novel…

  • Ramon


    I am sorry but it actually could.. Remember Archimedes.. The weight of the displaced fluid.. etc. The metal shell could be heavy on land, but in water it could float. Examples are…drumroll trrrrr.. boats.

    Or do you mean SOLID metal boxes?


  • I added a new photo to the article with a clear shot of one of these boxes.