Utah officials were busy counting bighorn sheep last Wednesday when they spotted a mysterious object out in the desert.
The Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter flew over a 12-foot-high shiny metal monolith. It was sticking out of a red rock cove. So the group circled back and landed to get a better look, KSL TV reported.
‘Whoa, turn around!’
“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” pilot Bret Hutchings told KSL TV. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘what.’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!’”
The Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau posted a picture of the object on its Instagram account.
The public safety and wildlife resource officials then examined the object. But they couldn’t figure out what it was.
“We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it,” Hutchings said.
Officials Keep Its Location Secret
It appeared to be firmly anchored in the ground. In fact, they thought maybe NASA had put it there, out in the middle of the desert, to “bounce satellites off,” or something, Hutchings suggested.
They ultimately concluded it looked more like modern art than extraterrestrial equipment.
“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big [2001: A Space Odyssey] fan,” Hutchings said, referring to a scene in that film.
Still, the officials have been careful not to share the object’s location. They don’t want amateur UFO sleuths venturing out into the desert to find it and getting lost.
“That’s been about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying,” Hutchings told KSL TV.