UFO Caught On Video Over Westin Hotel Building, Virginia Beach Town Center

JohnThomas Didymus

A YouTube user was leaving her place of work at the Town Center of Virginia Beach at about 12 a.m., on April 18, 2015, when she looked up and spotted a UFO circling and hovering around the spire of the nearby Westin Hotel building.

Wondering what the object was, she shot a video and posted it to YouTube, under the username Mandy AMF, explaining that she works at the Town Center and saw the UFO when she was leaving work.

The video, according to Open Minds' Alejandro Rojas, was also posted to the website TheBlackVault.com.

Rojas remarked on the similarity of the video to another he saw several years ago showing a UFO over Las Vegas, near the New York-New York Hotel and Casino (see video below).

"It immediately reminded me of a similar video that witnesses had given me a few years back of a strange object flying around the New York-New York Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip."

The video shows the UFO circling and hovering around a flashing red light on the spire of the building. The object speeds off after hovering for some time and then returns to hover and circle around the building for several seconds before speeding off again.

Viewers on YouTube contributed suggestions on what the object might have been. Someone thought it was a bird.

"Looks like a bird probably a falcon [sic], the bright light from the top of the building is reflecting off the bird. If you look close you can make out the wings flapping."
"Wow! Lol, definitely not a hoax. I was not alone while I was filming this, and I have heard from people online who saw it."
"The video, to me, does not appear to be CGI either. So, at least I am convinced it is not a hoax."

One must disagree with Rojas' opinion that the behavior of the object "would be abnormal for a bird." Contrary to Rojas' opinion, the back and forth and hovering behavior looks very birdlike.

Some raptor species, such as "hovering kites," (Elanus spp.) have the ability to hover for extended periods as part of stalking behavior, termed "helicoptering." Thus, the flight behavior observed in the video is not unlike the behavior of a raptor, specifically a kite, attracted to a bright light and finally flying off after having satisfied its curiosity.

The building, according to Rojas, quoting the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, is the tallest in Virginia, about 508 feet tall. A bird much smaller than a fairly large raptor would have been less visible from a height of more than 500 feet.

While wing flapping motion is not obvious, there are moments one gets the impression of flapping motion. But the unsteadiness of the hands of the person shooting the video and the distance from which the object was filmed makes it uncertain whether there really was flapping motion.

Rojas also considered the possibility that it was a drone without lights and referred to a comment by a viewer on YouTube that it could have been one of the drones of an organization called Aerial Virginia.

"When visiting the Aerial Virginia website, it appears they do fly drones around to capture dramatic video of the area, including the Town Center area. Could it be one of their drones?"

[Image: YouTube/Mandy AMF]