Mysterious photos that show a flock of sheep standing in a bizarre circle pattern have baffled social media users.
And the man who spotted the strange phenomenon says he initially believed it was a spaceship like “something out of the X Files“.
Christopher Hogg, of village Rottingdean in East Sussex, was out on his bike when he saw the sheep gathered together.
The 47-year-old said: “I was on my daily cycle when I came over the hill and saw this magnificent circle.
“At that point I was about half a mile away, which made me think that whatever it was, it was huge.
“It was saucer-shaped, like an alien ship.
“And it was beautiful – but also a bit too weird for comfort.
“I cycled a bit closer and then realised the circle was made of sheep.”
Christopher, a lecturer at Royal Holloway University, cycles past the flock every day – but said he’s never seen the creatures behave that way before.
“The sheep are usually noisy,” he said.
“I go past them every day, but this day they were very still and calm.
“It was so quiet, like they were in a trance. It was very eerie.”
“There was lots of debate as to whether it was a crop or flock circle, or if the sheep were being summoned by a strange force,” he said.
“Others thought they might be pranking the farmer.
“We all agreed it was a mystery that warranted the recall of Mulder and Scully.”