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Alien Species and How to Spot Them

From left to right: a Nordic, a Reptilian, and a Grey engage in a high stakes game of interdimensional cards. Illustration by Jeremy Kai/Torontoist.

When budget cutbacks forced the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) to shut down its Allen Telescope Array earlier this year, it marked the end of an era of publicly funded alien eavesdropping. But for many in the UFO community, ET already walks among us.
On a recent Saturday at the Richview Library, UFO specialist Chris Russak and psychic channeler Charlie Kundallini led a group of local paranormal enthusiasts on a whirlwind tour through the alien kingdom. Turns out our understanding of ET has come a long way since the dark days of Mork and Marvin the Martian. The burgeoning fringe science of alien taxonomy has grown so rapidly in recent years, you’d be forgiven for not keeping up. Here’s a little primer to get you up to speed.

Greys: Grey-skinned and glassy-eyed, these are the aliens you’ll most often see on the silver screen, which is surprising because by most accounts they’re hideous. According to Russak, Greys reproduce via cloning, which, like so many Michael Keatons à la Multiplicity, is causing them to fade. Their mission on Earth is to create a Grey-human hybrid that can reproduce sexually, and thus perpetuate the existence of their species.
Nordics: While they get their name from their resemblance to Scandinavians, these aliens actually hail from the Pleiades star cluster. Kind-hearted, spiritually advanced creatures, Russak claims that Nordic aliens literally exist on a higher metaphysical dimension than ours. Their mission on Earth is largely that of goodwill.
Tall Whites: Not that much is known about this group except that they’re tall, white, and crazy about Earth culture. While the elder entities can grow to up to 10 feet, the younger ones actually blend in quite well. “All of you have seen a Tall White at some point,” says Russak. “You usually see them,” Kundallini adds, “in casinos, theatres, and conferences.” Their favorite city? Vegas!
Reptilians: While they are initially lizard-like in appearance, these creatures employ molecular shapeshifting and laser holograms to take on any form. Add powers of telepathy and invisibility and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with. According to Russak, reptilians “see the Earth as their outpost. They want complete control over it because their planet is becoming unable to support life.” Conspiracy theorist David Icke fears that reptilian humanoids are secretly transforming the Earth into a global fascist state. But, Kundallini claims, these aliens are no match for our Chi Force.
Anunnaki: Who knew that the gods of ancient Mesopotamia were actually migrant alien laborers from the lost planet Nibiru? Originally sent to this Earth to mine for gold, the extraterrestrials quickly got sick of their work. Their solution, according to crypto-scholar Zecharia Sitchin, was to crossbreed their DNA with primitive humans and forge a race of slaves. In this manner, many in the UFO community believe, human civilization was born.
Andromedans: Energy beings from the Andromeda galaxy, these guys are so high up on the cosmic chain of being that they no longer require a physical body. Their food, according to Russak, is nothing less than truth itself. However they’re still not above meddling in our affairs. From their lofty perch aboard a giant invisible mothership somewhere in our stratosphere, the Andromedans stand guard over us Earthlings and do battle with unseen dark forces.
Insectoids: Bug people! Giant, super-intelligent bugs from outer space.
Now these descriptions may seem far-fetched, but according to Kundallini, who claims to have had many encounters with alien entities, spotting ETs is really just a matter of opening your mind. “If someone tells me they’ve never seen a UFO,” Kundallini says, “the question I ask is: do you want to see one?” Psychic intent is something he believes most aliens, being telepathic, can sense. So if you broadcast your willingness to be visited, they just might hear you.
Many in attendance seemed to agree. James, who brought his young son to the lecture, claims to have seen countless aliens and UFOs. Just the other week he and his family spotted a couple of Greys skulking around their home.
For others, technology holds the key to capturing that elusive sighting.
During the post-lecture BBQ and skywatch on Russak’s back patio, a filmmaker who goes by the name Skull Man trained his camera to the overcast sky. UFO videography is a painstaking task that involves poring over hours of monotonous footage, but Skull and others maintain that it’s worth the effort.
“We rarely stare up at the sky for more than a couple seconds,” says one guest, “there’s so much that we miss.”
Mark, an amateur ufologist, was taking snapshots of what appeared to be empty patches of cloud cover. He explained that on further analysis strange objects might reveal themselves. A small speck barely visible to the naked eye could, zoomed in, turn out to be something totally out of this world.
Mark’s photos are more likely to find their way into the National Enquirer than National Geographic, but alien believers are far from a fringe sect. A poll by Opinion Dynamics Corporation in 2008 revealed that 34 per cent of Americans believe in the existence of UFOs. Former Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer is an outspoken advocate for alien awareness. Playing with his daughter and flipping burgers on his patio in suburban Etobicoke, Russak certainly doesn’t look like a man on society’s outer edge.
Perhaps the weirdest thing about UFO culture is how commonplace it’s become. That and the—um—shapeshifting reptilians.
Alien, UFOs in Outer & Inner Space is a meetup group that gathers every other Friday to discuss extraterrestrial phenomena and engage in a skywatch, weather permitting. Admission is free and open to the public.


  • Sheikh Al-Sayyid Shiru El

    “Mark’s photos are more likely to find their way into the National Enquirer than National Geographic” Not true.  NatGeo just had “Alien Night” last week here in the U.S.

  • SaganTool

    I agree. Time are changing and the media is reporting more of these photos and event. The long standing 'ridicule' of being a UFO advocate is over. But this is a double edges sword, for the media has a tendency on not reporting the truth, and some outlets are actually controlled by the “worlds elite” , making the NEWS really a nicely packaged 'propaganda' story/tool.

  • Buck Bokai

    Wow, it's a real shame that genuine science by SETI gets lumped in with hokey pseudo science like “alien taxonomy”. Anyone who gets into this silliness suffers from what Carl Sagan aptly referred to as a 'failure of the imagination”. Real aliens won't look, act or sound like anything human, and they're very unlikely to be able to survive in an atmosphere like ours, or our gravity, pressure, level of radiation, etc. Not to mention the extreme unlikelihood of extraterrestrial species being able to visit Earth given the vast distances between star systems. Even the briefest skimming of real astronomy reveals just how far away everything is from each other in space. Communication, maybe, but it'll most likely be a one-way communication, and most likely a message received by us from someone else – what SETI was actually looking for.
    Read some books by Sagan and see what actual science is like, it's far more fascinating and engrossing than this made-up phoniness.

  • SaganTool

    Good points Buck…. but have you ever considered that everything that you have been taught, that all of what you 'believe' is reality is merely just a illusion. That the 'human' DNA, can hold multi-dimesional properties and may in fact be a galactic blueprint. Could it be possible that the very science for which you seem to hold in such high regard is also opening it;s eyes to what some may conciser 'metaphysical' disciplines in order to free themselves from their own 'rigid' oppression. As you may see in my name, I love Carl Sagan, and please Google “How Spirits See Us' by Carl and you may understand that even Carl himself has no problem with the inter-dimensional qualities of life. Remember, we are very much conditioned in our society to see things a certain way. Once one opens themselves up to possibilities, the illusions fade away. SETI was a nice endeavor, and Seth is a good man and scientist, but even in Carl's movie “Contact” the science becomes secondary to human instinct, emotion, and love. That is the true nature of life in the universe, and that where it is found, deep within.

  • qviri

    I liked this ironically.

  • Applemoose

    It's stories like these that turn people into non-believers. It's just ridiculous.

  • Ian Sean

    Is it really possible that 66% of USAmericans don’t believe UFOs exist? Not aliens nor extraterrestrials nor their conveyances, but Unidentified Flying Objects in general? I say we need to find out who these 2 out of every 3 are, then chuck something at the back of their head next time they’re not looking, and when they ask what it ways, just reply, “I dunno.”

  • Germa

    Well this aliens actually live and I could tell you because I’ve seen a lot around ny as bus drivers,teachers, homeless, and sometimes just want to be human ( my friend told me about how it feels being one and can’t really say more…)

  • spatt19681968

    The photos of how to recognise aliens isn’t showing the pictures! Whats up?

  • Vicki Dorff-Payne

    A blank picture? WTF! The aliens are censoring your website?

  • DaftPunkFan2013

    Wow,Thats amazing! btw I’ve seen 2 UFOs before. A Flying saucer near my house and a triangle shaped one with a very bright blue light under it over my grandmas house.

    • sistoojg

      I saw the same craft. Reportedly it is of US Airforce design. I saw one hovering over my car back in 1977 or 78. At that time I lived about 5 miles from a SAC airforce base. At the time I didn’t know that the craft was terrestrial.