Flying rods are a phenomena in which mysterious rod-shaped objects appear in video footage or photographs. Some people believe these rods to be an unknown form of life, perhaps extraterrestrial in origin.Skeptics believe most flying rods are actually insects or small birds that only appear to have the mysterious rod shape because they are blurred by photographic exposure time.
A typical flying rod includes the following features:
- A central rod-shaped "torso".
- Multiple fins or wings.
- May be anywhere from a few centimetres to a few meters in length.
- Travel at high velocities, changing direction at will.
- Invisible or barely visible to the human eye without the aid of photographic or video equipment.
Flying rods are also known as Sky Fish or Solar Entities.
Flying Rods were popularized by film maker Jose Escamilla. On March 19th 1994 Escamilla filmed some unexplained flying objects in Midway, New Mexico. These were the first images to be interpreted and labeled as flying rods, and the flying rods theory was born. Many people assumed the rods to be a new form of cryptid (unknown or unexplained life form).