Alright. In the lovely state of Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, there is a small island. It is known as Protection Island. Years ago it was
privately owned and there was a small community of upper class families living on it. On October 15, 1982, it was turned into a National Wildlife
Here lies the first indescrepency. It was turned into a Wildlife Refuge supposedly because of the incredible amount of birds that nest there every
Protection Island Refuge is located near the mouth of Discovery Bay in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Jefferson County, Washington. Approximately
70 percent of the nesting seabird population of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca nest on the island, which includes one of the largest
nesting colonies of rhinoceros auklets in the world and the largest nesting colony of glaucous-winged gulls in Washington. The island contains one of
the last 2 nesting colonies of tufted puffins in the Puget Sound area. About 1,000 harbor seals depend upon the island for a pupping and rest
(That's from the government's website.) The problem is that nobody ever sees any birds on it. It's mostly bald of any trees, so it would be
painfully obvious if there were that many birds on it... (That last bit about the seals is defintely true. They are seen laying all around the beaches
almost year round.)
Obvously, because it's a Wildlife Refuge, it is not open to the public at all. The same site says:
The island is closed to the public to protect nesting seabirds and harbor seals.
That's fine and understandable, except that there aren't any birds to protect...
Secondly, the island is oddly shaped, with a patch of trees on the far side and steep bluffs around the entire thing. Diamond Point, a heavily
developed bit of land, is less than a mile away and slighly higher than the island, and many people living there have a decent view of the island.
However, none of them can see the treed area.
Months ago I tried to find a satelite image of it. I tried Terraserver, and that service was accurate and got me close enough to find my house.
Anyhow, it has all of the surrounding area, which includes the tens of San Juan islands, some too small for anyone to live on, in high detail EXCEPT
Protection Island. They have a shot of it from very high up, but when you try to go in closer, there's nothing there. You can see all the empty water
around, but the 'tiles' that should have the island on them are black, as if satelite photos were never taken of the island. I tried several other
services and all were similar. A friend of mine even had a local map that included everything BUT the island. There was a big empty spot where it
should have been.
Third, there is a lot of submarine activity near the island. This wouldn't be all that odd since there is the nearby Subase Bangor in Bremerton. The
odd thing is that the submarines often stop very close to Protection Island and sometimes small boats are seen going to and fro from the sub to the
island, as if they're re-supplying it.
Fourth, I have heard several first hand accounts of people who have gone close to the island in boats. One man was in a canoe and he and a couple with
him had rowed close to the island to look at the seals on the beach. Almost immediately, and 'out of nowhere' came a large, black coast guard ship
and they were forcefully told that it was illegal to come that close to the island.
The other couple of instances I have heard first hand were very similar in that a large boat comes 'out of nowhere' and very forcefully, rudely
even, demands that you leave.
It isn't just me that believes that something odd is going on on Protection Island. You mention it to almost anyone locally and they'll say
something about a 'conspiracy theory' or a 'base' on the island.
There are several buildings on the island still visible. A couple of them are from when people still lived on the island. There is a barn and a small
[edit on 4-12-2006 by oxgoad]