The incident occurred on December 1, 1987. In the early morning hours, Spencer left his home in Ilkley, having said goodbye to his wife and children to meet his father-in-law, who lived on the other side of Moor.
Ilkley Moor is an upland moorland and conservation area in Yorkshire, England, with a notable bird population, hiking trails, and tranquil views. There are carved boulders dating back to the Bronze Age. It is also known for legends of strange creatures wandering in the dark and strange lights seen through the fog. The site is only 21 miles from the RAF Menwith Hill military base, where UFOs have been sighted on numerous occasions.
It was dark when Spencer began his journey. He had a compass to navigate through the thick fog and a camera, hoping to capture the beautiful Moor sites along the way. As he passed through an area called White Wells, the ruins of an eighteenth-century town, he was distracted by something unusual. He saw a small-sized creature with long arms.
Surprisingly, the creature made a strange movement with its right hand, as if waving to Spencer, and it was this moment he captured on his camera before the creature disappeared behind the slopes.
Spencer said he immediately followed the creature, but unfortunately lost it, but мคหaged to see a domed spaceship that rose from the swamp and disappeared into the sky.
Spencer, was confused, as everything that was happening did not add up for him. He arrived at his father-in-law’s village and was shocked to see the т¡мe on the church clock. It was already ten o’clock in the morning, and he couldn’t figure out where he had missed two hours. He thought he was imagining things. But his doubts dissipated after he processed the pictures he had taken. He was convinced of this when he saw the creature in the picture. It was blurred, but still existed.
The negative was later examined by various experts, and they found no evidence of tampering. This means that Spencer took a real picture of the alien creature.
Warfedale expert Nigel Mortimer re-examined Spencer’s photo in 1998. He said: “I’ve been trying to do this analysis for years. We’re also trying to get other people to examine the evidence properly. It’s not just about this photograph — there have been reports of other phenomena in the area over the years. I talked to Americans last week, and they told me that they consider this case in Ilkley to be the second after the Roswell case in the United States as proof of the existence of aliens.”
The strangeness didn’t end there. After the incident, Spencer began having strange dreams in which he saw the starry sky and strange constellations. Then he wondered what might have happened to him during the т¡мe he was missing. UFO investigators advised him to undergo a hypnosis session. He remembered that the creature had approached him before he took the picture. He said (under hypnosis):
“I’m walking through the swamp. Oh! It’s pretty windy. Lots of clouds. As I approach the trees, I see this little something, I can distinguish it, but it’s green. It’s moving toward me. Oh! I can’t move, I’m stuck! It’s still moving toward me. And I still can’t move… I’m stuck, and everything around me has become fuzzy. Я… I’m floating through the air… I want to go down! And these green things are coming ahead of me, and I don’t like it.
I still can’t move. I come around the corner, and this green thing is in front of me. Oh, God, I want to duck. There’s a… there’s a big silver saucer, and there’s a door in it, and I don’t want to go in there! Everything went black…”
He remembered that he had been examined by creatures inside the ship, and they showed him a film about the disaster that would happen if humans didn’t stop population growth and pollution. He then returned to the swamp, remembering nothing of his abduction.
Philip Spencer did not earn fame or money from his story, and he is one of the few abductees who produced evidence of his encounter.