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Celebrating Caplin

Late spring of each year, residents see caplin (or capelin, to non-Newfoundlanders) rolling onto the shores. Large, dense schools move close to the beaches for spawning (first males, then females), while avoiding the pods of whales migrating down the coast, but are quickly met with people and their nets.

During this season, certain beaches are known to turn silver with the fish as they roll themselves in the waves, right up onto the rocks. They are considered a reliable and important local food source that can be eaten fresh (fried or baked), frozen, or salted and dried for use throughout the year. Freshly pickled fish can be dried lying on a flake, hanging on pins in a board, or hung up like laundry (as seen above). Though less common among younger generations and tourists, the females’ bright orange roe (eggs) can be harvested easily, and is exceptionally delicious directly from the fish, or lightly salted and kept. Further, for some communities the caplin (along with kelp) are traditionally collected and used to enrich soil - as a fertilizer - for homestead gardens.

Similar to smelt, the traditional way to eat the fish is whole as the innards and head become delicious when cooked or dried, and the bones are soft and edible.

The photos in this set were taken in late June, 2014 at Middle Cove beach - a popular location to fill your boots.

Contributed by Lisa Wilson and Justin Oakey

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Factory 5! Five Newfoundland UFO Reports


imageThe truth is out there… and it may be in Argentia, Harbour Mille or Corner Brook.

Every so often someone in Newfoundland sees something in the sky that seems to defy explanation. Sometimes it captures the imagination of the whole province, like the unusual image captured in Harbour Mille a few years ago, but the Harbour Mille incident doesn’t stand alone. In fact, we’ve had our fair share of close encounters — a quick Google search turns up dozens.

Having sifted through these reports, for this edition of Factory 5!, I thought I’d play Mulder to your Scully and present, for your consideration, a few of Newfoundland’s more unusual tourists — those who came by UFO.

1. The BOAC Incident, 1954
In 1954 a British Overseas Airways Corporation flight helmed by respected pilot James Howard was passing near Newfoundland, en route from New York to London. Howard, his crew and passengers reported seven unidentifiable objects outside their aircraft. Howard described them as a large metallic object surrounded by six smaller objects. The largest object appeared to change shape from pear to boomerang. They watched the objects for 20 minutes before the smaller objects melted into the the larger one and the entire mass disappeared.

The crew radioed ground control at Goose Bay but was told there were no other known aircraft in their region. The video features Howard explaining what he saw. The clip below, is of an older Howard and flight attendant reflecting on that day.

2. The Clarenville Encounter, 1978
On a quiet evening in November 1978 phones at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Clarenville, NL began to ring. People were seeing something unusual in the sky over Random Island and, not knowing where else to turn, called the RCMP.

According to the Unofficial Clarenville Site RCMP Constable James Blackwood, went to nearby Lethbridge to investigate. When he arrived he saw a motionless cigar-shaped object hovering about 500ft above sea level. It had lights — flashing blue, red and yellow — and a curved tail. After a period of observation, Blackwood turned on the red and blue lights on his patrol car. The object imitated the pattern.

Very Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which incidentally — I’m sure — was released the previous November.

Read the full story at: The Unofficial Clarenville Site

3. The Bethune Incident, 1951

In 1951 US Navy Commander Graham Bethune was flying from Iceland to Argentia, Newfoundland. On the night of February 10th Bethune’s aircraft was about 300 miles from Argentia when he and the crew saw a large object glowing on the water. The unknown light shot into the air. The plane had to take evasive maneuvers. There were numerous cockpit equipment failures as the object flew with them.

When the plane arrived at Argentia there was an interrogation and an official US Navy report of the incident exists.

4. The Valleyfield Sighting, 2005
In January 2005 two men driving near Valleyfield, saw a diamond shaped object in the sky. They pulled their vehicle the roadside and reportedly watched the object for 2 minutes. It was silent and slow moving. The craft appeared blue and white on the sides and black on the bottom. They estimated it to be 15 feet in length and 8 feet across.

You can read the full details at The Vike Factor.

5. The Corner Brook Close Encounter, 2008
On July 20, 2008, as outlined in here, reports were made of a large object flying northeast over Corner Brook. The unknown object was silent and had too many lights to count. Witnesses say is changed direction numerous times and remained visible for several minutes before dipping behind the hills on the north shore of the Bay of Islands. What it was, remains a mystery.

Check out this article to see a sketch of the reported object.

Do you have a UFO story? Leave a comment!

Have another beer b’ys

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17th century crucifix unearthed in Ferryland



Archaeologists at the Colony of Avalon site in Ferryland have unearthed an artifact that they say dates to the time of George Calvert’s dream of religious freedom in British North America.

The Colony of Avalon Foundation said in a news release the rare finding is a small copper crucifix, 2.8 cm in width, broken at the top but showing a simple representation of Christ on the front and the Virgin Mary and Christ Child on the back.

The artifact will be on display at the Colony of Avalon’s Interpretation Centre, starting July 16.

Archaeologist Dr. Barry Gaulton, field director of the Colony of Avalon and associate professor of archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, said, “As far as artifacts go, this particular object is quite exceptional. The Catholic iconography is unmistakable. As with all archaeological discoveries, the context in which the artifact was found tells us its story.” Read more.