Manta Ray Visits

Millbrook-Salt Point, NY

Other Manta Ray sightings

On 20 August 2003 Billy McNamara and Bruce Cornet witnessed the Manta Ray making a run at them from a hovering position about half a mile away due north.  It turned around about 500 feet from them, and then departed back to the north.  This encounter reported in Preston Dennett's book: UFOs Over New York (2008).

Sign to Salt Point, NY, along Taconic Hwy. 

Map of Ravine near Salt Point, NY

Red Cone A is horse farm field across from McNamara's old house along Clinton Ave.

Red Cone B is where entrance to underground base is located, in a creek valley accessible only by narrow gravel road.

Red Cone C is entrance to road for underground base where McNamara has seen cargo trucks drive. 

Hatch to underground base located in field on other side of pond; across from McNamara old house.

Billy McNamara field

Entrance to underground base located in ravine at opposite side of field. Billy McNamara in August 2003.

Gravel road to underground base

Underground Manta Ray base located in ravine in distance at end of this gravel road. 

Manta Ray lifts up from creek ravine just as Billy and I reach a horse field where he has seen Manta Ray before.

Location of Manta Ray sighting 


Duration of Performance: 5 minutes.  9:37:26 pm to 9:42:48 pm EST.
Estimated Altitude: 500 feet.
Estimated Average Speed: 10-15 mph (ranged from 0 mph to 30 mph).
Shape: Diamond, with a broad vertically flat leading edge forming a chevron shape, and a long tapering tail.
Estimated Maximum Width: About 60 feet.
Estimated Length: About 100 feet, variable.
Total Number of Lights: Varied from 2 to 5.
Number of Headlights: 2, one each at outboard angles of craft.
Number of Strobes: Varied from 0 to 2, one at nose and one at tail.

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Above: Animated Gif.  The first frame (9:37:22 pm) is a wide angle shot.  House lights at left give perspective on distance and altitude of the Manta Ray hovering in middle of frame. The observers were about 250 feet from the house and a row of mature trees to the right of the house.

The entire video with audio is shown in YouTube Video link below:

Looking north:
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Looking east:
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After we first spotted its head lights to the north about half a mile away, it brightened them considerably, then slowly began to accelerate towards us.  We heard no sound until it was almost over us.  As it began to move, it dimmed its headlights back to "normal."  A small red light located at its nose flashed regularly and irregularly.  As it approached our position on a horse pasture and side of a small hill, it made a sharp turn sideways, but continued to move towards us sideways. 

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Flipped Sightings Screencapture

Screen Capture (flipped horizontal) from Sightings TV video taken on 29 April 1993 at dogleg bend in West Searsville Rd. Two rows of lights appeared along forward midline of Manta Ray.

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It extended the top light on its chevron-shaped nose as it continued to turn around. 

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When it momentarily came to a complete stop, it was pointing away from us and not more than five hundred feet from us.  I compare the maneuver to an ice skater making a sharp turn on ice.  It banked only slightly as it turned.  Then the diamond-shape craft began to accelerate away from us.  A light on top of the craft at its nose moved downwards as it was extended forward, and ended up on the bottom of the craft as the craft departed!  As it left, its tail light began to flash, whereas before it did not strobe.  In addition, its strobes did not illuminate any of its fuselage, something that does happen with conventional aircraft.  Its skin was stealth black.  It produced a whole range of different whining sounds like a series of electrical generators powering up.  Its estimated average speed was between 10-15 mph.  Dr. Ellen Crystall and I have independently videotaped and photographed this craft dozens of times.  Each time it did something a little different, giving us more information about this enigmatic craft.  The Hudson Valley sightings continue.

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Path the Manta Ray took.  Illustration generated by tracking the movement of the lights from video frames. The outline of the craft is shown, along with the lower nose light strobing.  Tail light could not be seen until craft began to turn.  The upper nose light came on as the craft began a shallow bank.  The movement of the nose lights highlights the extension of the nose of the craft, and their movement onto the belly of the craft, so that both could be seen as the Manta Ray departed.

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Time indicated on the left of graph; relative distance between headlights along the bottom (in mm on computer screen).

The charted movement of the Manta Ray is based on the relative distance between its two headlights.  Measurements were made on video frames used to create the animation above.  If the distance between the lights did not change with time, the craft was stationary.  The green area represents a change in orientation.  As the craft turned sideways, the relative distance between the headlights abruptly decreased.  As the craft continued to turn so that it was viewed from behind, the distance between those lights increased.  The continued increase in relative distance after the craft turned is due to the craft moving closer to the camcorder.  In other words, the orientation of the craft was independent of its direction of movement.  The maximum width at the right represents where the craft momentarily stopped before reversing direction.  Accompanying that change in direction, turbine whining increased substantially in both volume and pitch (upwards to higher frequencies).

Note how the shape of the curve resembles the silhouette of a mantaray or shark, with the mouth represented by the green area.

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Manta Ray Sightings capture

Above Manta Ray images from Sightings TV video taken on 29 April 1993 at Wilde Farm along West Searsville Rd., Orange County, NY.

August 9 lift off from forest 

Manta Ray lifts up from forest (over underground alien base) East of Wilde Farm (center left) along dogleg bend in West Searsville Rd., 9 August 1996 at 2:00 am, Orange County, NY. Nighttime series of eight time exposures overlain on daytime shot.

Salt Point NNY

Underground Alien-human Base located below red cones near Salt Point, NY.  Manta Ray emerged from base entrance at Cone B. Cone A is where hatch to underground base was seen opening and closing. Cone C is where entrance road to underground base begins.



The same sound clip was resampled at 16,000 Hz (moderate quality) and at 8,000 Hz (fair quality) from its original 48,000 Hz sample rate.  The lower sampling rates reduced the high frequency background noises and distorted the sounds, but that was necessary in order to control file size for internet downloading. 

Shorter segments containing mostly engine noises.
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Long clip containing above segments (9:41:00 pm to 9:42:02 pm)

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The frequency spectrogram shows four groups of sound.  Only the lowest group between 0-2 kHz came from the Manta Ray.  All the other frequency bands above 2 kHz represent background noise, determined from a control sample (see spectrogram below).  The Manta Ray produced four separate frequency bands, one of which increases in pitch as the craft began to move away from the observers.  The reversed Doppler effect seen in sounds from other Manta Ray recordings is not evident in this performance.  Within the higher frequency bands distinctive chirps can be seen, which probably represent a cacophony of cricket chirps in the background.  Above 9 kHz cricket sounds stand out.  At 11,200 Hz resampling rate these chirps sound like the slaps of a rotar blade on a helicopter.  Helicopter blades produce chops about 11 times a second (see spectrogram at bottom of page), which is similar to that of the cricket sounds.  However, helicopter sound resonates through all frequencies from 0 to 12 kHz, whereas the cricket sounds in the Manta Ray and control spectrograms occur above 2 kHz (resolved only above 5 kHz), ruling out a helicopter source.

Below: The frequency spectrogram was taken from a recording at 48,000 Hz digital sampling rate; it represents the the time when the Manta Ray was closest to the microphone.  Note the high pitched cricket sounds between 7 kHz and 16 kHz.  In the control sample below this spectrogram, those cricket sounds are much louder, because the microphone was close to a cricket source.  All the sounds made by the Manta Ray fall below 2 kHz.

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Below: Control sample taken after the Manta Ray was gone in order to show background sounds; 48,000 Hz digital sampling rate.  Low frequency sounds with vertical tails represent the shoe thumps of two people walking through the grass.

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Helicopter spectrogram below.

Helicopter Hovering 


Distribution of UAP Sightings in the Wallkill River and Hudson River Valleys

During the 11 years of field research in these valleys between 1992 and 2003, at least 140 sightings of UAP were documented.  Appendix I chronologically lists the dates, times, and witnesses for these sightings, which ended when Cornet was hired by the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) in Las Vegas in January 2004.

Below are Google maps showing the majority of sightings North and South in these valleys, following the Shawangunk Mountain trend on the Western side of these valleys. The sightings near Salt Point, NY, represent the Northernmost and last sightings for this field study.  What should be clear to the reader is just how many UAP were seen, and which intentionally showed up for the witnesses (Cornet and Crystall) again and again over this 11 year period. It was not until years later when all these data were compiled and most published on Cornet's web pages.  Preston Dennett published this last sighting in his book, UFOs Over New York in 2008, while Cornet published his comprehensive  study in 2019 in his 403 page book, Unconventional Aerial Phenomena in the Hudson and Wallkill River Valley of New York.

Salt Point, NY, Manta Ray sighting on 20 August 2003.

Map below zoomed out to show Salt Point locality in above map, South to Middletown, NY, sightings at Cornet's condo location in Scotchtown next to Route 211 East, where the Boeing 707 UAP flew over twice on 24 September 1992 after following Cornet home from work.

Google Map Salt Point to Middletown

At top of map below is the Traffic Light mimic on 26 July 1998, where a small antigravity UAP tried to make Cornet think that it was a double traffic light at a rural intersection with only stop sights.

Traffic Light UFO 25 July 98f

Traffic Light mimic

Encounters began and ended near Pine Bush, NY, at intersection of Albany Post Road and Bruyn Turnpike just West of Wallkill, NY (upper right corner of map), where Cornet was shot and implanted with a tracking nanoprobe on 18 June 1992, the late Bonnie Lee Cornet's birthday.

Bryn Trnpk Albany Post

Poughkeepsie to Warwick

At the bottom of the above map are the five yellow pins marking the five corners of the giant D&M Pyramid base outline near Warwick, NY, which was duplicated on Mars 118,500 years ago based on Continental Drift on Earth.  See the Cydonia II Report on my B.U.F.O.D. website:

Cydonia I and Cydonia II

Cydonia I on Mars compared to Cydonia II on Earth. The centers of both craters at the same Latitude (41 degrees, 36 minutes). The pyramid was destroyed by the descending Wisconsin glaciers 60,000+ years ago.  The ancient high-tech space-faring civilization that constructed the Cydonia monuments in the Wallkill River Valley knew that glaciers would destroy them, so they constructed a duplicate on Mars in the Cydonia region for historical preservation.

D&M Pyramid

Distant Mt Adam Mt Eve

 To the left of that pyramid base are two pins for Mount Adam and Mount Eve, named by the early European settlers in the valley. Mount Eve is in the shape of a KEY, while Mount Adam was a stepped pyramid carved out of bedrock. Remnant steps on the North side of that pyramid can still be seen.

Key Mt. Eve

Ellen Crystall and Bruce Cornet frequented the Wilde Farm property at the dogleg bend in West Searsville Rd. in 1992 to 1994, and UAP showed up dozens of times to put on aerial performances at night, forming skyglyphs that Cornet captured on his time exposures. It was not until 10 May 1994 that Cornet had an opportunity to fly in a helicopter over this area with a Japanese camera crew. He discovered an ancient Indian Mound that marked the general entrance to an extensive underground alien base, where Native Americans (Lenni-Lenape Tribe) worshipped Spirit Lights entering and exiting before Europeans moved into and settled the Wallkill River Valley in the 1,600s.  The two circular features in the landscape can be compared to a native sweat lodge outline in keyhole configuration (Martinez, The Lost History of the Little People, 2013).  The unusual permanent crop circle defined by trees surrounding dairy farm field, and the raised eight-foot-high oval-hexagonal mound are large versions of a huge Sweat Lodge with Unch or Earth Mound upon which a pyramidal fire was built to heat rocks for the sweat lodge, now long collapsed and disappeared. Why were the Lenape people so interested in worshipping at that location over an active underground alien base? The answer to that question should be obvious.

 Indian Mound

Pine Bush Walden Cirami Stewart



So why has the News Media essentially ignored all the evidence presented above, which has been available online since 2000?

This web page was created on 24 August 2003.
It was last updated on 07/30/2023

Bruce Cornet 2003