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Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA, 2006
I have recently been doing research regarding an encounter I had
about five years ago.
Fly fishing on the Musconetcong River in New Jersey with my boss, I saw briefly what I could only describe as a Praying Mantis Man.
Although the water was clear, there had been heavy rains the past couple of days. We should not have been out there; the river was smooth but the current was exceptionally strong. I was leaning backwards and digging my heels into the the gravel but the river was still kicking me along pretty good. Sketchy navigating.
Please know, I am privy to the paranormal and always have been. Shadow people, ghosts, whatever. But what I encountered that day was not Spirit. It was a biological, living creature. But it disappeared into thin air almost as soon as I saw it.
For whatever reason, my searches at the time turned up nothing. But then by chance I came across an 'Alien Race' type video on YouTube and there in the artwork I saw what I saw: Ancient Mantis Leaders. So when I began searching Mantis Alien instead of Praying Mantis Man, I found a lot more.
They say they are Inter-dimensional, whatever that means, but I did not get that impression. No, this creature was cloaked and because of both my innate sensory perception skills and the particular physical circumstances at the time, (important), --I can add details if you are interested-- I just Caught it. Movement out of the corner of my eye to my left and there it was...
Humanoid. Tall. 6 foot at least --no reference points-- but I sense 6'6 - 7'. Moving away from me back up the bank. (I am chest-high in the river) The first thing I see was the 'grasshopper' thigh, but bending forward like a human. Then the whole form. He is looking at me over his shoulder, moving up the bank, astonished, amazed. What, that I am in the water in a strong current, that I can see him? But yes we lock eyes and this creature is astonished-- I get the sense that he can't believe I am in the water, that he can't believe I have seen him, that I am not perturbed at all-- something of all three, I still don't know-- just astonishment and he is actually trying to get away from me and the water!
Triangular Head. Huge, slanted black eyes. Just like a Praying Mantis. It's whole body was gangly, nobby, ((Nobby!) but you could still sense it was powerful, and no-- I would not say it was a Big Bug-- it was definitely humanoid despite the mantis/insect qualities...
No, I did not tell my boss about this, who was in the water too about fifty yards behind me at the time. Being privy to the paranormal you just see these things and sort of go okay. No fear, no nothing-- but I do get the sense that my whatever attitude contributed to this creature's astonishment. Frankly, I didn't give the encounter much though until recently.
I can forward more details. I just believe now that this encounter was somehow very important.
I wrote back to the witness (I am not going to reveal a name at this time) requesting further detail.
The description of the head is not too uncommon from other sightings that have been reported:
This took place in Hackettstown, NJ. The stretch of the Musconetcong River here is unusual in that it's west bank borders Rt. 46, (a local highway, congested with lots of stores) but the east bank where we were fishing borders fields and farmlands.
No bank to speak of on the developed side, but the sloping bank on the rural side was high (ten feet?) A strip of trees about 10 - 20 yards thick separated the river from the fields beyond, but there was the occasional gap/path, each about 20 yards wide that allowed clear access to the river.
Like I mentioned, the weather had been bad the previous several days, and the sky was white and heavy. It was mid-afternoon.
When I saw The Mantis Man, it was in one of these gaps, moving back up the bank towards the fields, looking back at me over its left shoulder. About 15 - 20 yards away.
So understand that it was several feet above me (I looked up at it) and framed clearly against that blank/white sky. Like a full ghost apparition, it was indeed clear but nevertheless nearly transparent and fading fast. Then it evaporated mid-stride.
Again, I stress the strong impression that The Mantis Man was cloaked and I caught it just right; it abruptly found itself against a new/blank background and was adjusting quickly. No, I do not believe it slipped into another dimension/plane.
I detected movement and first saw that strong left thigh, (and strong right calf) then the whole thing and immediately those eyes/face. The whole encounter was only a couple of seconds. I can not tell you with any strong certainty what its feet or hands looked like --I wasn't looking there-- but I can tell you that its arms were normal, and not the literal Mantis forelegs I have recently seen in drawings of these Aliens.