Is there a UFO on Starbuck Island? Demystifying the Viral Claim


TikTok never ceases to amaze us with crazy stories, theories that the world already ended in 2012, Justin Beiber was a member of the Lizard People, and so much more.

Yet a video is now looking at something odd.

A Google Earth user decided to look around the blue marble until he found something unexpected.

The user documented his findings on a TikTok, finding something quite odd on an island. A strange tail-like trail extended to a strange object before asking, “could this be a UFO” wondering if the object really was.

The alleged UFO sighting occurred on Starbuck Island.

User @googlemapsfun was exploring Google Earth near French Polynesia and north of Kiribati when he zoomed in on an island called Starbuck Island. They started exploring the island when they noticed they had seen something strange.

They spotted a long trail across the land, asking why it’s on an abandoned island until they said they found the answer. They walk towards the object on the beach, asking if it is a UFO crash.

Comments on TikTok range from comedic to informative.

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“Starbuck Island (where Starbucks canes come from).” a user writes.

“It is a building that remains from the Guano collection in the 19th century. It bears the name of Starbuck, after the name of the captain who discovered it,” writes another user of the strange object seen. in the video.

There does not appear to be any UFOs on Starbuck Island, according to research.

National Geographic released two videos in 2009 of a Dr. Enric Sala and “Ocean Now crew members stranded on Starbuck Island during a shore excursion”. 36 seconds into the video, the camera shows the building structures that were built by hand.

Starbuck Island was discovered by Valentine Starbuck, captain of a whaler, in 1823. The United States claimed it under the Guano Act of 1856 until Britain annexed it in 1866.

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Guano deposits operated on the island from 1870 to 1920, and attempts were made to plant coconut palms but failed. The island became part of the Gilbert and Elice Islands colony in 1972 and part of independent Kiribati in 1979.

The island is a popular breeding ground and Starbuck was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1975.

The structure in the video was a 19th century Guano Law building and the only thing left of the island.

The island was also home to shipwrecks. A Sacramento Daily Union an article dated 1897 relates the sinking of the Bark Seladon.

“The vessel struck Starbuck Island while steaming at a speed of seven knots, and fifteen minutes later four feet of water was reported in the hold, and two boats were launched with crews of eight men each “, details the newspaper.

The survivors attempted to make it to Maiden Island but failed until they were stranded on Sophia Island before being cared for by island natives for ten months until that a steamship passes and picks them up.

The island is uninhabited so no one has to worry about aliens living on the islands of the planet.

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Kurtis Condra is a writer specializing in entertainment and celebrity news. When he’s not chasing the latest gossip, he’s working on his poetry and short stories. You can read all his poetry on his instagram.

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