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US Utah helicopter crew discovers mysterious metal monolith deep in the desert

04:05  24 november  2020
04:05  24 november  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Utah monolith: Helicopter crew discovers mysterious metal monolith deep in the desert

  Utah monolith: Helicopter crew discovers mysterious metal monolith deep in the desert What started as routine wildlife assistance took an unusual turn after a helicopter crew stumbled upon a mysterious monolith in the middle of rural Utah. © Utah Department of Public Safety Officers from the Utah Department of Public Safety's Aero Bureau were flying by helicopter last Wednesday, helping the Division of Wildlife Resources count bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, when they spotted something that seemed right out of "2001: A Space Odyssey." "One of the biologists ... spotted it, and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it," pilot Bret Hutchings told CNN affiliate KSL.

State employee spotted mysterious metal structure amid red rocks while counting bighorn sheep.

A crew with the state wildlife resources department was aboard a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter when they spotted a mysterious monolith sticking out of the dirt last week. About 10 to 12 feet tall, the shiny metal object was firmly planted in the ground, suggesting it wasn't just dropped

What started as routine wildlife assistance took an extraterrestrial turn for Utah's Department of Public Safety after officers stumbled upon a mysterious monolith in the middle of rural Utah.

a close up of a rock: Authorities say they don't know how or why the monolith was placed there. © From Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau Authorities say they don't know how or why the monolith was placed there.

Officers from the Utah Department of Public Safety's Aero Bureau were flying by helicopter last Wednesday, helping the Division of Wildlife Resources count bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, when they spotted something that seemed right out of "2001: A Space Odyssey."

"One of the biologists ... spotted it, and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it," pilot Bret Hutchings told CNN affiliate KSL. "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!'"

Utah biologists discover mysterious metal monolith in middle of desert

  Utah biologists discover mysterious metal monolith in middle of desert Utah officials discovered a mysterious metal monolith in southeastern Utah last week during a mission to count sheep.The Utah Department of Public Safety confirmed in a Monday statement that crew members with the department's Aero Bureau were working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct a count of big horn sheep in a southeastern portion of the state on Nov. 18.Workers spotted an "unusual object" and landed to investigate inThe Utah Department of Public Safety confirmed in a Monday statement that crew members with the department's Aero Bureau were working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct a count of big horn sheep in a southeastern portion of the state on Nov. 18.

Wildlife officials in Utah were counting sheep from a helicopter when they discovered a shiny metal monolith in a remote area that looks straight out of a Wednesday’s discovery appears to have been firmly planted in the soil, and not dropped from above. On Instagram, Utah ’s highway patrol shared a

A sheep-counting crew in Utah , USA, were left baffled after stumbling upon a mysterious monolith . After thoroughly investigating the inexplicable monument (and clambering on it a bit), the crew were able to ascertain that it was very firmly planted in the ground, with Bret concluding it's most likely an

And there it was -- in the middle of the red rock was a shiny, silver metal monolith sticking out of the ground. Hutchings guessed it was "between 10 and 12 feet high." It didn't look like it was randomly dropped to the ground, he told KSL, but rather it looked like it had been planted.

"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.

Still, Hutchings said he thinks it was most likely placed there by an artist rather than an alien.

"I'm assuming it's some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big ("2001: A Space Odyssey") fan," he said, referencing a scene in the 1968 film where a black monolith appears.

Still, it is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on public lands "no matter what planet you're from," said Utah DPS in a statement released Monday.

The location of the monolith is not being disclosed, and it is not yet clear who -- or what -- put the monolith there, DPS said.

As of Monday, the Bureau of Land Management will be deciding whether further investigation is needed.

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