1977………… Brazilian city of Colares, Pará.

Local residents claimed that scars on their bodies were caused by the lights in the sky, and named the lights “Chupa Chupa” (literally Sucker-Sucker). Believing it would keep the lights away, residents of Colares organized night vigils, lit fires, and ignited fireworks. Bright objects of differing shapes, sizes and colours were said to have been flying at low altitudes – just a few metres above the tops of trees – and firing light beams at people on the ground below.

The beams gave off intense beams of radiation that caused puncture marks and lesions, with some reporting to local media at the time that it felt like a “heavy weight pushed against their chest”.

A report into the claims made by the victims stated: “The beam was about seven or eight centimetres in diameter and white in colour.

It never hunted for them but hit them suddenly. When they tried to scream no sound would come out, but their eyes remained open.

The beam felt hot, almost as hot as a cigarette burn.

Describing the injuries, Doctor Wellaide Cecim Carvalho – who worked in a health care unit in the area during the 1970s – wrote: “All of them had suffered lesions to the face or the thoracic area. The lesions, looking like radiation injuries, began with intense reddening of the skin in the affected area. Later the hair would fall out and the skin would turn black. There was no pain, only a slight warmth.

One also noticed small puncture marks in the skin. The victims were men and women of varying ages, without any pattern.

Several witnesses claimed to have seen beings piloting the crafts, describing them as no more than three to four feet tall.

According to ufologist Jacques Vallée, a number of individuals were reportedly killed as a result of the “lights” fired upon them by the UFOs, and injuries were consistent with radiation effects from microwaves. Other ufologists claimed that the lights from UFOs sucked blood from 400 people.

Mayor José Ildone Favacho Soeiro requested help from the Air Force.

UFO sketch
Above: Photos taken by residents in 1977

Below: Witness sketches

UFO sketch
UFO sketch

An operation called “Operation Plate” was initiated commanded by Captain Uyrangê Bolivar Soares Nogueira de Hollanda Lima.

A 2,000-page military report was soon compiled, featuring 500 photographs and 16 hours of film that the FAB reportedly witnessed with their own eyes.

Ufologist Daniel Rebisso Giese claimed in his book Vampiros Extraterrestres Na Amazonia (Extraterrestrial Vampires of the Amazon) that several military personnel suffered nervous breakdowns, while others went completely insane during the course of the investigation.

The documents were kept classified until several pages were released in 2004, showing drawings and photographs of what the military saw.

Bright, cylindrical lights feature in the photographs, while several drawings show similarly-shaped objects witnessed by people on the island at the time.

Despite this, the operation never explicitly stated that UFOs or aliens were the official cause of the sightings and injuries.

However, high-ranking officials from FAB reportedly told a group of ufologists in 2004 that they had discreetly been studying the existence of UFOs since the mid-1950s.

From Brazilian newspaper O Liberal for February 7, 2005:

One of the most interesting reports came from Claudomira Paixao of Baia do Sul. ‘On the night of October 18, 1977,’ Claudomira “woke up when a strange light appeared through the house’s window. The air got warmer. At first, the light was green. It touched my head and covered my face. I woke up completely, and the light became red. I could see a creature, like a man, wearing something like a diver’s clothes. It held a device like a pistol. It aimed at me, and the (pistol-like) object blinked three times as if shooting at my breast, almost landing at the same place. It was hot and hurt me. I felt like some needles were piercing me. I think they collected my blood. I was terrified. I couldn’t even move my lips. I was shocked.’”

Also in Baia do Sul, witnesses ‘were talking about the appearance of a space couple that shot at a woman with a light-beam pistol, leaving her fainted for several minutes.

Capt. Hollanda recalled, ‘We always told them, ‘Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!’ But once, a strange light had been aimed at a carpenter. The man was 50 or 60 years old. He took his rifle and shot at the flying saucer. The light surrounded him, and he fell to the ground, almost paralyzed. For 15 days, the carpenter could barely move. On the first day, that man didn’t move at all. He could see, hear and speak. But it was very difficult for him to move.’

A Colares fisherman also saw UFOs coming in and out of the waters of Baia de Marajo (bay). Sometimes they could see the bluish light moving under the water.”

“Once I was sleeping when the sergeants–members of the (FAB) operation–told me they had just taken a photograph of a flying saucer diving into the water close to a fishing boat. I went to the dock and waited for the fisherman. When he came back, he told me what had happened. He was terrified,” the captain said.

“Several weeks later, I saw a light close to a fishing boat. It was blue and circled the boat, covering about 300 meters (1,000 feet). Then it dived into the water. There wasn’t any sound. It was like a blade passing through the water,’ Capt. Hollanda said.”

In early 1978 Capt Hollanda was to have his own encounter with one of the Beings, who reportedly grabbed him from behind.

There were also sketches by witnesses of occupants inside the craft

Following his interview with Revista UFO in 1997, Capt. Hollanda was found hanged with his own bathrobe belt on the second floor of his house by his daughter.