A large orb captured on video near the Stawamus Chief has excited a documentary and research crew from London, Ont.
Rob Freeman and Marcus McNabb have travelled to 11 countries and 30 cities in the past three years determined to record what is out there, after being inspired from a childhood experience.
Freeman, a senior field researcher for the Centre for the Scientific Study of Atmospheric Anomalies, said the sighting is the best footage they’ve recorded to date.
“This is such a fascinating path that we are on,” Freeman said. “Most people have no idea what’s happening in the world.”
The pair initially started out to make a documentary but McNabb now describes it as a movement.
To collect data, the crew used night imaging technology spanning the electromagnetic spectrum to see the visible and invisible, as well as a camera fondly called the “weapon of mass detection.”
When the crew arrived in Squamish on July 22, a stranger at the Britannia Mine gift shop told them special things shine on the Chief trail. “It was breathtakingly majestic,” Freeman said of the rock face.
As night fell, they entered the forest. Soon after, he said, a giant sphere of light moved across the sky and descended into the woods.
“At first we thought it was an airplane,” Freeman said. “There was absolutely no sound… then we absolutely knew it was no airplane.”
The sighting was brief, but Freeman recorded about 10 seconds after rummaging for gear.
“The trees behind the orb were all lit up,” he explained. “That means it was in front of the trees.”